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Cardiff City Interested In Leicester City’s Defensive Outcast: Should Warnock Sign Him?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Cardiff city, who recently secured their promotion in the Premier League, are on the path to sign Leicester City‘s goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic. The 33-year-old stopper has just played two games for the Foxes this season in all competitions and that has left the player frustrated.

Neil Warnock has now led the highest number of teams towards English top flight and he deserves a lot of credit for making Cardiff qualify for the Premier League. They started the weekend just one point ahead of their third-placed opponents Fulham, but the Cottagers loss to Birmingham City meant that they qualified even before they kicked a ball.

However, Warnock will know that the bigger challenge is yet to come and he will have to prepare his squad further to have any hopes of staying up in the Premier League. The Bluebirds currently deploy Neil Etheridge between the sticks and the Philippines goalkeeper has done decently well. He has managed a decent haul of 19 clean sheets in the Championship this season. But they will certainly need more depth in the squad and someone with proven experience in the top flight. That is where someone like Eldin Jakupovic might come in handy.

Jakupovic was known for his stint with Hull City in the year when they were relegated. He had some heroic performances in a few encounters and that attracted other clubs to sign him. Leicester City bought him after The Tigers were relegated but he has seen his career stall since he joined the Foxes.

He has been training with the reserve team and has failed to become even the second choice for his team and it is expected that after such mistreatment he is set to leave the club in the summer.

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There are other teams as well who are vying for his signature, especially from the Championship but Cardiff could be the front-runners as they have secured their top-flight status. It will be interesting to see whether the Swiss goalkeeper will be able to come back with top class performances after almost a year in wilderness. However, it will still be a good move for Warnock as he has decent enough Premier League experience and will bring the much-needed competition in the side for Neil Etheridge.

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