Sport Cardiff City headlines as midfielder signing 'not out of the question', Ismael snaps back at West Brom fan unrest and striker on fire
'Pulis would be proud', 'Need to learn' - Many West Brom fans react to post-match Ismael verdict
Many West Brom supporters have reacted to Valerien Ismael’s post-match comments after the 1-1 home draw with Millwall on Saturday. The Baggies currently lead the Championship after six games, with four wins and two draws from their league campaign thus far. Yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Millwall put them above Fulham after Marco Silva’s side fell […]The Baggies currently lead the Championship after six games, with four wins and two draws from their league campaign thus far.
Here are the latest Cardiff City headlines for Monday, September 27.
Irish view on Jack Byrne
Irish sports outlet Pundit Arena claim that midfielder Jack Byrne linking back up with Mick McCarthy at Cardiff City is "not totally out of the question".
McCarthy gave Byrne his debut for the Republic of Ireland before signing him at APOEL Nicosia in his last job.
The manager left at the start of this calendar year before linking up with the Bluebirds, while Dublin native Byrne departed APOEL last week, meaning he is now a free agent.
claim the 25-year-old has three suitable options; Cardiff, a return to Shamrock Rovers and MLS expansion side Charlotte FC.
"Could be massive" - Journo tips "really exciting" West Brom ace to star despite Ismael call
He headed to the Hawthorns in a big-money moveDiangana made the permanent move to West Brom 12 months ago, with the Baggies keen to get their man following a successful season-long loan which saw him play a key role in sealing promotion to the Premier League.
Here is what they had to say about a possible link-up with his former Ireland boss: "Byrne, 25, may have missed the boat on this one, but a return with Mick McCarthy might still not be totally out of the question.
"McCarthy gave the midfielder his Ireland debut and signed him for APOEL Nicosia, so it is safe enough to suggest that he would be interested in acquiring Byrne’s services once more.
"Granted, Byrne’s preferred style of play may not totally suit McCarthy’s, but it would not be the worst move for the former Shamrock Rovers midfielder."
McCarthy has thus far said little to suggest that signing free agents is on the agenda.
Ismael responds to fan unrest
Valerien Ismael has had to hit back at fans after they showed signs of unrest during West Brom's win over QPR.
"I don't see West Brom..." - Exclusive: Pundit drops big verdict on Ismael at The Hawthorns
Former Premier League footballer Carlton Palmer has been really impressed with Valerien Ismael at West Bromwich Albion. Ismael was named West Brom’s new head coach in June, after a really successful spell at Barnsley. The 45-year-old took the Tykes into the Championship play-offs last season and replaced Sam Allardyce at the Hawthorns. Albion started the […]Ismael was named West Brom’s new head coach in June, after a really successful spell at Barnsley. The 45-year-old took the Tykes into the Championship play-offs last season and replaced Sam Allardyce at the Hawthorns.
While that might sound jarring to some, the Baggies were losing for 75 minutes until Karlan Grant netted two late goals to salvage a victory at The Hawthorns.
Still, it might seem bizarre to Cardiff supporters that West Brom fans, who booed and whistled both at half time in the match and when Grady Diangana was substituted, voiced their concerns given their team sit second in the league standings.
Ahead of the trip to Cardiff, Ismael has issued his response.
“I am here to make decisions - this is my decision and I know exactly what I am doing,” the Baggies boss said.
“Making substitutes is all about having an impact on the game and not bringing on a substitute for the sake of it.
“We had a clear idea of what we wanted to do and the pocket link up is one of our strengths and we knew in that moment that QPR would be tired if we could keep that intensity.”
Robert Glatzel's sizzling form
Summer departure Robert Glatzel has hit some excellent form with his new club Hamburg this term.
‘He shouldn’t rip up the recipe just yet’ – Some West Brom fans becoming increasingly frustrated with Valerien Ismael: The verdict
This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more West Brom have had a good start to the season, but three successive draws has halted the optimism around The Hawthorns right now. Even […]West Brom have had a good start to the season, but three successive draws has halted the optimism around The Hawthorns right now.
The German striker scored both goals in his new side's 2-2 draw with Nurnberg at the weekend, taking his total to six goals in nine outings in all competitions this this term.
Contrast that with Cardiff's current forwards, who have one goal between them so far thanks to Kieffer Moore's effort against Blackpool, and it might leave one or two scratching their heads.
As we are on the subject of summer exits, there were runouts for all four of Cardiff's loaned-out players this weekend.
Gavin Whyte played the full 90 minutes of Oxford United's 1-1 draw with Gillingham at the weekend, while Ryan Wintle also played the full match in Blackpool's 1-0 win over Barnsley.
Josh Murphy was brought on for the final 20 minutes for Preston and seemed to put in his best display so far, getting a 6/10 in the player ratings at our sister title: "More minutes than he has been getting today, off the bench. Showcased his pace and willingness to run in behind. Dribbled well down the left, carrying the ball 30 yards or so before almost playing it in to Riis. An outing to build on."
‘Something Ismael must surely try’ – Callum Robinson’s role at West Brom after QPR win: The verdict
This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more… West Brom produced an excellent second half fightback against QPR to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory to return to winning ways […]West Brom produced an excellent second half fightback against QPR to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory to return to winning ways in the Championship.
Max Watters came off the bench for the last 25 minutes of MK Dons' 1-0 win over Wycombe.
'We're not playing Real Madrid!' Mowbray's rallying cry
Tony Mowbray has revealed the details of his pre-match rallying cry to his Blackburn Rovers charges before their 5-1 hammering of Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds were picked apart up at Ewood Park and Mowbray said he used Cardiff's height and immobility against them to ensure the hosts came away with the spoils.
"They have three giants playing at the back, a 6ft 5in centre forward, and we have a lot of mobility and good movement at the top end of the pitch and the fact you’re 6ft 5in means you’re not going to be as mobile as a sharp, nippy striker," Mowbray said.
“We tried to bring them on to us but knowing that you can’t just let them keep putting the ball into your box because you know they will score.
“It was trying to get the right balance about how much of the ball we could give up but how good we could be on the transition with the first pass and release the players to breakaway.
“I feel as though the group is really engaged with the information, they’re generally very young players, they understand that when I sometimes over-emphasise, I had them thinking we were playing the world’s, biggest, strongest team, so it heightened their emotions for the match.
“I have to tell them as well as 'this is Cardiff City, we’re not playing Real Madrid on steroids, we’re playing Cardiff City, so don’t go out there with any fear', while recognising and realising the opposition have some real qualities.
“I thought we got the balance well, dealt with their directness and throw-ins and then picked them off with the quality we’ve got.”
Journalist drops intriguing Valerien Ismael claim at West Brom after this week .
Are West Brom back to their best?After winning four of their opening five Championship games this season, the Baggies had a difficult start to September as they were held to consecutive draws by Millwall, Derby and Preston.