Steve Morison: Cardiff City boss eyes more transfers in 'excellent' summer window

By Dafydd PritchardBBC Sport Wales
Cardiff City: 'Unknown quantity' tag frustrates manager Steve Morison

Manager Steve Morison has described Cardiff City's summer transfer dealings so far as "excellent" - and hopes to make further signings.

The Bluebirds have signed 13 players during the off-season, with a similar number departing the Championship club.

With Tottenham striker Kion Etete also close to joining, Morison wants to add more players before the transfer window shuts on 1 September.

"We're looking for all types of players that can make us better," he said.

"I'm really happy with that signing [Etete] if it's finished off. We will see what happens going forward.

"The window has been excellent. We've been working relentlessly over the summer.

"The players have bought into the summer and the project and the plan we put to them. It's been great. We haven't lost out to anyone from a financial point of view.

"We haven't signed anyone because of paying more money than someone else. It's because they want to be a part of something and that's key."

Given the scale of player turnover during the summer, it is difficult to predict how Cardiff will fare this season, Morison's first full campaign in charge.

The former Wales and Millwall striker took over from Mick McCarthy last autumn and steered the Bluebirds away from relegation danger as they finished 18th in the Championship.

This season, Morison aims to implement a "more progressive style of play" with his new-look team.

Cardiff made an excellent start in their opening fixture last weekend as they beat Norwich City, who were relegated from the Premier League last term and have been widely tipped for an instant return.

The Welsh club's next match, on Saturday, poses a different challenge as they visit a Reading side whose financial struggles and summer of upheaval have seen them touted as relegation candidates this season.

"We need to put Norwich behind us and treat this weekend with the same attitude," said Morison.

"We are going the right way. Now the challenge is to do it again on Saturday.

"That's our biggest challenge. We had a free hit on Saturday [against Norwich]. Fans will have taken 'a good performance', but now there is expectation.

"Are you going to follow it up? It's something we are excited about. That is the challenge now.

"We have in-house targets, which the players set. Our target as staff was four points less than the players' targets after eight games.

"We are on track because a lot of the aspects from Saturday were really positive. You can't lose putting your body on the line and defending for your lives, defending for each other, winning mentality. Hopefully it gives them more belief now."

'Brexit makes transfers more difficult'

The only summer signing Cardiff made from a foreign club was Nigeria international defender Jamilu Collins, who joined from SC Paderborn in Germany.

Morison explained that the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union had made it harder to sign foreign players based abroad.

"The biggest problem with abroad is that they need a certain amount of points, they need 15 minimum. He [Collins] had his points because he'd played for Nigeria," said Morison.

"He got his by a few other things and it all added up and I think he got in by one point.

"Some players you start looking and think, 'Oh, he's good', as a recruitment team. You look into it and you send all of the stuff over and then you find out he has only got 12 points so you can't do it.

"So it's Brexit that's caused it to be more difficult. Unless you're signing from the top divisions, from the Bundesliga or Ligue 1 or Serie A, then it's a lot more difficult to get them over.

"He is the only one who kind of jumped off the page to us that we knew we could get. Even that took a while, that was going on for about four weeks. But I was really pleased with it and from the first day of pre-season we have been excited to see what he can do on the grass."

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