Championship club Cardiff city have secure the signing of Birmingham city midfielder Jordon Mutch, as they look to gain promotion to the Premier league after many seasons of pain in the play-offs. Cardiff city have been eliminated from the play-offs on numerous occasions in the last few seasons.
However, new investment from the south-east Asian owners mean that they will remain in contention for the next season as well. They have moved on to secure the signing of Jordon Mutch, which is their first major statement of intent this season. The Malaysian investor has already said that he will be making around £ 100 million of investment into the club in the next two seasons, so that they can compete with the likes of Man City in the Premier League.
The 20-year-old Jordon Mutch has not been the first team regular for Birmingham city ever since joining the club back in 2007. However, he will be hoping that his ability will be used much more at Cardiff city next season. Cardiff recently made the decision to play in the red colour on the grounds that it will be much more financially viable due to the increased commercial revenues that the club hopes to achieve from Asia. Jordon Mutch has played for the likes of Watford, Doncaster and Hereford before signing for Birmingham city.
“I’m delighted that we’ve managed to bring Jordon in here at Cardiff City. Jordon is a top player with great potential for a big career in the game, a bit like Jack Wilshere, which we hope to see him fulfil with us here at Cardiff City. He’s a talented player who I know well, both from my time working with him back at Watford and from the progress he’s made at Birmingham City. Jordon will no doubt make a great addition to the squad that we are building here in south Wales,” said Cardiff manager Mackay.
Despite the huge financial uncertainty surrounding Cardiff City at the moment, the club have revealed that they will be making Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Lewis as their first signing of the season. It has been yet another disappointing season for Cardiff city after they lost in the play-offs once again. It has been a number of play-off heartbreak for the Cardiff city supporters. The club was eliminated in the semifinals of the play-offs by West Ham 5-0 on aggregate. In previous seasons, they managed to get into the play-off final before being eliminated. That has seen huge cloud surrounding Cardiff in recent years due to the uncertainty of the owners.
Even though they have said that they remain fully committed to the Cardiff cause, there has been little suggestions to indicate the same. However, the signing of Joe Lewis may just be the start of a new era at Cardiff. The goalkeeper is currently a free agent after leaving his contract to expire with Peterborough United. The 24-year-old goalkeeper is also at the right stage in his career to progress to much better things. Lewis was a £ 400,000 signing from Norwich back in 2008. He has been instrumental in Peterborough United’s progress of the league ladder.
Meanwhile, the owners have once again reiterated that they remain fully committed to the club. “I would like to reiterate the commitment, warmth and great affinity that remains for this club from Tan Sri Vincent Tan and myself. We have nothing but the best interests of the club and its supporters at heart and will look to conclude matters as soon as possible to the best possible outcome. I would also like to personally thank the many who have sent in messages of heartfelt support and appreciation, either directly or via the club,” said the Bluebirds’ chairman.
Despite making it to the Carling cup final, Cardiff City players and their manager have acknowledged the fact that the Championship remains their top priority this season. Cardiff City managed to beat Crystal Palace in the second leg of the semi-final. Gardner scored the only goal of the match and it was an own goal, which has now helped Cardiff City to face Liverpool in the final at Wembley. Liverpool will be making their first appearance at the Wembley Stadium, and it is going to be an extraordinary moment for Cardiff City as well. However, they remain stable on the ground, as the Championship remains the top priority.
Cardiff City striker Kenny Miller has said that the game is extremely big when compared to the semifinals they faced against Crystal Palace partly because of the occasion and partly because of the opponents. Cardiff City are currently in the third place in the championship. However, they have a real opportunity of qualifying for the Premier league automatically by ensuring that they stay in touch with the top clubs Southampton and West Ham United. Southampton are just one point ahead of Cardiff City, and their form has not been the same as it was at the start of the season. Cardiff City are fast closing in on Southampton, while leaders West Ham United remain unbeatable.
“That game is far bigger for us than the second leg of the semi‑final, no doubt about it. The league is our bread and butter and we want to go for promotion. But it is still a fantastic achievement, getting to a final, and a day we will look forward to,” said the Cardiff striker Kenny Miller. The penalty shootout win will be something that Cardiff City will be looking to replicate at Wembley as well.