Say this for Cardiff City: if the Premier League’s 19th place club is head into the black night of relegation, they aren’t doing so softly.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has added yet another player in his renovation of the Bluebirds: 24-year-old Spanish defender Juan Torres Ruiz, also known as Juan Cala.
It’s a poorly kept secret that was confirmed this afternoon when Cardiff City sent out a photo of their new signing on Twitter:
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 7, 2014
Cala is another addition to the club since the new year, something that Vincent Tan had said was not going to happen at all (at least with Malky Mackay in charge).
But Tan hitched up his trousers and stood tall against Mackay, ultimately firing him. Now Solskjaer is in charge of the relegation scrap, and he’s brought in a whole mess of talent, from Norway to Manchester United and now Spain.
Cala is a 6-foot-1 central defender who played 35 times for Sevilla, partaking in European football and loan spells to AEK Athens and Cartagena.
His signing makes it more than $8 million spent in January by Tan, as he’s greenlit the arrival of Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Herenveen, Mats Moller Daehli and Jo Inge Berget from Molde, Fabio da Silva and Wilfied Zaha from Manchester United as well as Kenwyne Jones from Stoke (Only Zaha was a loan deal).
It takes time for a team to gel, especially with so many additions, but it’s hard to imagine that Cardiff City won’t be buoyed by their new manager and the energy of plenty of players with something to prove.
Tan’s had plenty of wackiness to his game and his character is certainly in question, but in time at least part of it has come to look more quirky than crazy. His hinting that they’d look for players with eights in their birthdays was just an odd nod to their interest in Eikrem.
Would you bet Cardiff for a trip to the Championship, or is survival in the cards?