City’s low key January transfer window predictably attracted criticism (especially in the light of the dismal home loss to Blackpool last weekend), but at least the club have moved quickly in the recently opened emergency loan window to bring in someone who you would like to think will be able to not only add to the squad’s depth, but also challenge seriously for a starting place while making an impact on the matches coming up over the next month. At just nineteen, Slovenian Haris Vuckic (who has arrived on an initial month’s loan fromn Newcastle United) is not really at an age where you could expect someone to be as influential as I set out above, but he definitely has a pedigree – his Wikipedia page talks of trials with AC Milan and Real Madrid and Manchester United are among the clubs rumoured to have kept tabs on him in recent years.
At six foot three, Vuckic appears to have the physique to cope with the physical demands of the Championship and the playmaker cum second striker certainly showed flashes of real ability in his recent start for the Geordies against West Brom – see link. Malky Mackay has talked of wanting to bring in loan players who will see themselves as Cardiff City players during their time with us rather than someone who is just “on leave” from their parent club for a while – on that score, reviews on the player have been unanimously good from Newcastle fans and it’s encouraging to read some comments saying his attitude is spot on. All the indications are that we have got a good un in Vuckic – yes, I know that similar such things were being said about Jay Emannuel-Thomas last year, but I’m hopeful that our recruitment division have come up trumps again.