Cardiff City have officially announced the signing of Harry Arter from Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.
This signing is a great deal for the Bluebirds, and adds some much-needed top flight experience to their squad.
Arter has been with the Cherries since joining them as a League One outfit in 2010. Since then, the Republic of Ireland international has been a mainstay in Eddie Howe’s side as they’ve risen through the divisions to establish themselves as a Premier League side.
Last season however, Arter struggled to establish himself as an automatic starter. A lack of regular first team football was likely the driving force behind his decision to make this switch to the promoted Welsh outfit.
At this stage of his career, the 28-year-old needs to be playing week in week out.
Neil Warnock is likely to be able to offer Arter that opportunity within his Cardiff side, and will be aware of how much the midfielder could boost his team’s survival hopes this season.
As good as a move to Cardiff should be for Arter’s career, the fans at the Cardiff City Stadium could come to appreciate him just as much.
Warnock’s side, and style of play, is very direct and functional. Last season, in the second tier, they had one of the lowest pass completion rates in the division – yet still finished as runners up.
In the Premier League though, the Bluebirds will likely need to be able to show more craft and guile to break down opponents. Arter would add a lot of technical quality, vision and inventiveness to their midfield contingent.
This loan deal looks to be a great arrangement for all parties.