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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:33

Major signings made in midfield overhaul at cardiff

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After a blistering and unexpected start to the season, Cardiff City found themselves top of the league and only losing once and drawing once in 14 games. Since then they have had mixed fortunes and have never recovered properly from losing Giroud to administration. Winning only 3 of the next 10 fixtures it was clear that changes were needed in the Welsh capital.

Here is how the squad looked before the flurry of transfers:

Passing genius and legend Xavi was the first to go in a £20m deal to title rivals Clarkof. Next saw long serving Defour get traded in a deal with JJ4C for youngster Bosetti and 7m. Sparv was then traded to Leonidas for DMF beast Tachtsidis with 13m going to the Greek outfit on top.

Back up AMFs Gabriel and Morrison both alos left the club for a combined fee of £10.5m.

This meant the whole of the starting midfield had left the club along with most of the backup midfield.

Then came possibly the biggest deal for Cardiff of the season when long negotiations with Thekokopop resulted in Welbeck and GK Caballero leaving the club to be replaced with top GK Szczesny and attacking midfielder maestro Gourcuff and £8.4m.

Now all that was needed to complete the midfield was a star CM, and with a budget of 34m a deal looked likely.

The final original midfielder De Kamps left the club, along with £25m, when one the best midfielders in the league was brought in - Ramires!

Could this be the signing the Bluebirds were waiting for? Could this be the man to get them back on track to fight for the title? Only time will tell.

Valentin Viola, a player that Bluebird previously worked with at Sporting Lisbon was also drafted in alongside Gosling who provided good back up in midfield.

However, the news of all the star signings wasn’t the most exciting transfer for Cardiff fans.

That came when club legend Peter Whittingham was bought for £6m from MRB. Cardiff manager Bluebird was quoted as saying “I couldn’t end my career without ever having had Whittingham in my team, he is a legend in these parts of their world and I couldn’t turn down the chance to sign him. His range of passing and dead ball skills will fit in very well with my midfield of Tachsidis, Ramires and Gourcuff. Whitts has told me he wants to end his career here, a request that was music to my ears”

Reports suggest that number 7 "Whittingham" shirts have sold out at the club shop and another 2 million have been ordered.

This is how the team now looks after a major overhaul of their midfield and an upgrade in goals.

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