THE JANUARY WINDOW: HOW IT PLAYED OUT
One of the busiest January transfer windows in recent years for Cardiff City Football Club saw seven new faces join Russell Slade’s Group at Cardiff City Stadium and ten move on to pastures new. Here's how the month transpired...
The window began in earnest for the Bluebirds, with the acquisition of athletic full back, Scott Malone from Millwall on January 7th. Former Rotherham man Alex Revell joined him two days later, the striker going on to score his first City goal against Norwich later in the month.
Later in January, the pace of business really picked up for the Bluebirds. Defender Lee Peltier signed from Huddersfield on January 24th and was joined in the blue shirt of Cardiff by former Crystal Palace midfielder Stuart O’Keefe on January 28th. The two made their debuts in last Saturday’s clash with Derby, each showing their pedigree and receiving warm supporter reactions.
Then came deadline day – and a flurry of late activity at Cardiff City Stadium prior to the 11pm closing of the window. League One top-scorer this season, Eoin Doyle, completed his transfer from Chesterfield, with former Everton man Matthew Kennedy also committing to the City in a deal until 2018. Conor McAleny completed the jigsaw, signing on loan from Everton until the end of the 2014/15 season – the three forward-thinking players joining the returning Joe Mason in City’s attacking ranks.
Spanish defender Juan Cala and Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem moved on late in December, while Mats Møller Dæhli completed a switch to German Club, Freiburg, at the turn of the year.
We also said 'goodbye' with best wishes to Guido Burgstaller, Jo Inge Berget, Kim Bo-Kyung and John Brayford in January – John completing a transfer to Sheffield United towards the end of the month that preceded Lee Peltier’s switch to Cardiff City Stadium.
There were short-term loan switches too, for Javi Guerra (Malaga), Adam Le Fondre (Bolton) and Etien Velikonja (Lierse) – each of whose progress we’ll monitor ahead of welcoming them back to South Wales in the summer.
linked up with AFC Wimbledon earlier in January. Deji Oshilaja completed switches to Port Vale of League One and Stevenage of League Two respectively, while Danny Johnson and Tommy O’SullivanAnd finally, January saw a number of our DVP/U21 youngsters seek first-team experience away from CCS. On deadline day,