Tags: Erik Huseklepp, John Carew, Liam Lawrence, Petter Vaagan Moen, Steffen Iversen
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Portsmouth’s captain Liam Lawrence, who made his Cardiff debut against Brighton two days ago, abandoned the sinking Portsmouth ship to join us on loan last week, and the experienced midfielder seems a good acquisition. Norwegian Erik Huseklepp has also left Portsmouth to join our promotion rivals Birmingham, and a few other Norwegian have been on the move lately too.
Tags: Fan Zhiyi, Jihai Sun, Li Tie, Malaysia, Neil Warnock, Petter Vaagan Moen, Safee Sali
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Safee Sali, one of Malaysia’s top footballers, is coming to Cardiff for a trial in what seems to me like a Malaysia targeted PR stunt by the club. Named “the David Beckham of Malaysia” by Neil Warnock, the manager of another Malaysian owned club, Q.P.R., I’m curious how good the striker currently playing in Indonesia is by Championship standards. (more…)
Tags: Abdisalam Ibrahim, Bjørn Helge Riise, Erik Huseklepp, Jonathan Parr, Joshua King, Petter Vaagan Moen, Steffen Iversen, Torbjørn Agdestein
Erik Huseklepp has become the latest Norwegian in the Championship signing for today’s Cardiff opponents Portsmouth, and it’ll be interesting to see if he succeeds. The Norwegians turning out in the Championship last season all failed to make an impact.
Tags: Aaron Ramsey, Adel Taarabt, Avram Grant, Brann, Daniel Drinkwater, Danny Gabbidon, Dekel Keinan, Gavin Rae, Jay Bothroyd, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Neil Warnock, Petter Vaagan Moen, Q.P.R., Rudolph Austin, Sir Alex Ferguson
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With Cardiff not playing until Tuesday it was good to see both Q.P.R. and Norwich dropping points Saturday.
Both the Hoops and the Canaries were favourites to take all three points away to Hull and Crystal Palace respectively, but luckily neither managed that as both games ended in 0-0 draws.
Never mind Norwich overtaking Cardiff on the table. It’s only temporary.
Another good thing is that Q.P.R. in particular has a tough schedule with yesterday’s match being followed by a home match against Portsmouth already on Tuesday and then they play away against Reading Friday. I know the players are top trained professional footballers, but three games in under a week is still tough, so let’s hope that fatigue might play a part!
Speaking of Q.P.R., there was a two page article about their Norwegian newcomer Petter Vaagan Moen in Bergens Tidende yesterday. I won’t be surprised if Vaagan Moen’s transfer to Q.P.R. will result in a number of new Norwegian Q.P.R. fans, as the midfielder is very popular in Norway and especially in Bergen. The increased attention given to Q.P.R. and the Championship because of him playing there is already notable. Should Q.P.R. get promoted this season I think the likelihood of a sudden increase in Norwegian youngsters supporting the Rs is even bigger.
According to Bergens Tidende Q.P.R. are also after Brann’s versatile tough guy Rudolph Austin, who I’ve mentioned in one of my previous posts, and Neil Warnock actually tried to get him on loan recently for the rest of the season. Brann wouldn’t allow that, but Bergens Tidende writes that the Londoners will continue to watch Austin and probably try to buy him in the summer. This according to Austin’s agent. Perhaps Dave Jones and Cardiff should be alerted by this and take a closer look at the Jamaican international? The newspaper story also says that Q.P.R. didn’t want to buy Austin now, as they could not afford it. If someone could explain to me how that can be the case for a money bags team like Q.P.R., then please do!
Danny Drinkwater’s sudden recall to Manchester United last week surprised me, but I guess there’s more to the story than what is publicly known. I’ve seen it suggested that perhaps the limited appearances for Drinkwater lately combined with the loan signings of Aaron Ramsey and Emmanuel Jay-Thomas is what made Sir Alex Ferguson end Drinkwater’s loan at City prematurely, but it could just as well be that Dave Jones and Cardiff was aware that Manchester United considered recalling their young talent and for that very reason went after Ramsey.
After a fine start at Cardiff Drinkwater got injured and after he returned from injury he’s found his chances in the starting eleven limited. In that sense it’s not too surprising that he’s been recalled but I for one wasn’t aware that this so called season long loan even had a clause that enabled Manchester United to cut it short. Although I would have liked to see Drinkwater a part of our squad until May I don’t think him being recalled will have too much on an effect on our promotion hopes.The biggest negative effect for Cardiff might actually be indirect should Drinkwater do well for our promotion rivals Watford who have now secured themselves the midfielder’s services for their remaining 20 Championship games.
I’ve already in an earlier post mentioned how I think the label “star” is misused in the press, and I had to smile when I saw Sky Sport’s headline about Drinkwater: “United recall star from Cardiff” (sic)! Since when did Drinkwater, who hasn’t played a single game for the Red Devils, become a star? No disrespect to the talented youngster, but I don’t think he would disagree with me that his name doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it that Rooney, Berbatov and Giggs have! Not yet anyway.
Tomorrow is the last day of the January transfer window, so it’ll be interesting to see if there’s going to be any activity involving Cardiff City.
Former Bluebirds hero Danny Gabbidon has been mentioned, but I don’t expect it to happen. Gabbidon played the whole of West Ham’s FA Cup fourth round match today, and as long as he’s under contract at Upton Park and manager Avram Grant says he wants the player to stay on, I don’t see the player’s apparent wish for a transfer to Cardiff materializing this time around.
Another question is whether or not we need another center back after Dekel Keinan was signed, and if so if Gabbidon is of the quality we want or if he’s too injury prone and a bit over the top of his career.
I’m still going to keep an eye on the all the dealings and wheelings going on during tomorrow though, and the best news I guess would be Q.P.R.’s Adel Taarabt signing for Manchester United!
A snowy experience 16/01/2011Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Abdisalam Ibrahim, Jon Parkin, Michael Chopra, Norwich City, Petter Vaagan Moen, Russell Martin, Steffen Iversen
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Norwich City 1 Cardiff City 1
I’d looked forward to watching this televised game, but unfortunately I had to shovel snow in stead… As you can tell from the above pictures it was needed to get some snow off our cabin’s roof, and it lead to me following the Norwich match via text messages from the pretty unusual location of a snow covered roof!
The first text message came early on in the game and brought good news to the winter wonderland: 1-0, Jon Parkin! Superb opening from City and great for Parkin to get off to a goalscoring start in his Cardiff City career.
The text message announcing Norwich’s goal came just as we’d finished our snow shoveling and was on our way into the cabin. I was sure it was the text message saying the game was over, so when I heard another message coming in even before I had checked the first one I got a bit worried. It was not the best news to get after five hours of hard work in snowy conditions on a roof, but I guess this was one of those results which you would have gladly taken before the match, can’t complain about from what chances and play there was, but still end up disappointed about because of the late time of the equalizer!
From the highlights at Cardiff City Player and the match reports, 1-1 seems a fair enough result, although both Parkin and Michael Chopra had good chances to increase Cardiff’s goal tally during the game. How the home team’s Russell Martin managed – and I must add was allowed – to score in the last minute of the game from what seemed an impossible angel I don’t know.
Elsewhere Steffen Iversen could not reproduce his magic from his first Crystal Palace appearance, as the Eagles sadly crashed to a 0-3 defeat at our arch rivals and fellow promotion hunters Swansea. Another Norwegian, Abdisalam Ibrahim, who has just joined Scunthorpe on loan from Manchester City, could not stop Leeds from easily winning 4-0 at Elland Road. Petter Vaagan Moen made his full debut for Q.P.R. yesterday against Burnley, but just like Cardiff, the R’s only managed a draw away from home. Table wise this all means that City slipped to third place overtaken by the Jacks and equal on points with both Norwich and Leeds. Further down the table lots of teams are starting to catch up with us as well.
It’s going to be some incredibly exciting last four month’s of the season!
Looking to Norway? 02/12/2010Posted by NB in Cardiff City, season 2010/11.
Tags: Brann, Dave Jones, Erik Huseklepp, Gabor Gyepes, Paul Parry, Petter Vaagan Moen, Q.P.R., Rudolph Austin, Seyi Olofinjana, Zsolt Korcsmár
Petter Vaagan Moen from my Norwegian favourite team SK Brann has recently signed a two and a half year deal with Cardiff rivals Q.P.R. Is Dave Jones also looking to Norway in his pursuit for five new players?
Jones has gone shopping in Norway previously when he bought Seyi Olofinjana from Brann to Wolves where he was then manager. Incedently Olofinjana was on top of the player ratings table in Bergens Tidende, which is Bergen’s main newspaper, back in 2003, while Vaagan Moen was the top rated player this year.
I’ve read that it was a Norwegian Wolves fan who tipped Jones off about the Nigerian midfielder, so hopefully Jones will be willing to listen to my advice as well!
I’ve already written about how I think Steffen Iversen should be brought in from Rosenborg. I still think “Ivers” could do a job for us.
Petter Vaagan Moen has been Brann’s best player this season. That in itself isn’t maybe that impressive, but his return to the Norwegian national team shows that he’s a player of high quality by Norwegian standards. Despite that I don’t think Cardiff have missed out by not going after him. Vaagan Moen has always reminded me of Paul Parry, and we all know how his Cardiff career went.
Let me quickly run through some other players from Brann who could be of interest to Cardiff City.
First up on Cardiff’s radar should be Brann’s Hungarian central defender Zsolt Korcsmár. Or to be more precise: Zsolt Korcsmár is an Ujpest FC player who’s on loan to Brann. The U-21 Hungary captain has impressed while he’s been in Bergen, and Brann now the option to buy him for about £160.000. Part of me wants that to happen, but there are reportedly other European teams preparing to bid for Korcsmár. If he’s going to move elsewhere, then I would love to see him sign for Cardiff. At 21 years of age he’s not the finished article, but he is very comfortable on the ball, is good in the air and distributes the ball well. He seems very mature for his age, and I’m convinced that he could star for City in the years to come if the club buys him and start molding him. I’m sure his fellow countryman Gabor Gyepes is aware of him, but since they play in the same position he might have decided not to mention him to Dave Jones!
Another one to have figured in Brann’s central defense this season is Rudolph Austin. The Jamaican international was about to become a Stoke player back in 2008, but as he didn’t receive a work permit Brann snapped him up. Starting as a midfielder he’s now become a hard tackling defender, but he has shown he can handle playing in many different positions. His no-nonsense style of play is mostly good for the team, but he’s also earned the nickname “Red-Rudolph” for his many sending offs. I’m not sure Austin is someone Cardiff should sign, but City should keep tabs on him, as I understand Stoke are still doing.
Playing up front for Brann, Erik Huseklepp has for a long time been regarded the hottest selling property. Huseklepp is a technically skilled player with speed and an eye for goal, and he’s had his breakthrough for the national team this season. He recently scored the winning goal against Ireland in a friendly match. I’m not sure how Huseklepp would fit in in the Championship, but I wouldn’t mind him becoming the first ever Norwegian Cardiff City player.