Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock may seem like an overtly attritional manager, and in the main that’s a fair assessment.
But throughout his lengthy managerial career, the Yorkshireman has always found room in his sides for a maverick winger – whether that’s QPR’s Adel Taarabt, Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie, Leeds United’s El Hadji Diouf or, as Bluebirds fans saw last season, Junior Hoilett.
And upon the Welsh outfit’s return to the Premier League, garnering extra top flight experience this summer is a must to give them the best chance of survival for 2018/19.
Sunderland forward Wabhi Khazri, who has impressed in glimpses for Tunisia at the World Cup, would appear to meet both remits – offering proven pedigree at Premier League level and also the kind of unorthodox creativity from out wide Warnock has demonstrated a recurring capacity to effectively tap into.
The Black Cats forward – who spent last season bagging nine Ligue 1 goals for Rennes – didn’t have much of an impact against England such was the defensive nature of Tunisia’s performance.
What do you think of the World Cup so far? Let us know and win any World Cup shirt of your choice.
But on Saturday, Khazri was a real thorn in the side of the Belgium defence, whipping in a sizzlingly delivery to assist Dylan Bronn and then scoring himself in stoppage time, tucking home a Hamdi Nagguez cross to ensure the underdogs went home with two goals in an otherwise hefty defeat.
Khazri is valued at just £9million by Transfermarkt but considering how desperate Sunderland will be to get him off their books now they’re in League One, Cardiff could well end up signing him for significantly less should they make a bid this summer. So, Bluebirds fans, would you back a swoop for Khazri? Let us know by voting below…