Cardiff City opinion: Why Gavin Whyte would be a good fit for the Bluebirds
According to a report from BBC, Oxford United star Gavin Whyte is close to agreeing on personal terms with Cardiff City.
Whyte, 23, has been viewed as one of the brightest talents in Northern Irish football for some time now. He impressed last season in League One for Oxford United, having joined from Crusaders last July.
The 23-year-old scored 9 goals and provided 7 assists for Oxford last season and has won five Northern Ireland caps, scoring with his first touch on his international debut last September.
Cardiff City will be hoping to make an immediate return to the Premier League, after their relegation from the top-flight last term. Neil Warnock has signed a number of players to help aid their promotion bid, and the club have certainly put themselves in a strong position.
They have kept the core of their squad and have some really quality attacking players at Championship level, such as Bobby Reid, Junior Hoilett and Josh Murphy, while the likes of Will Vaulks and Aden Flint will be expected to make an immediate impact at the Cardiff City Stadium.
But one area Neil Warnock needs to address is the forward department following the sale of Kenneth Zohore to West Brom.
That being said, the Bluebirds should go all out to sign Gavin Whyte. A right-winger by trade, Whyte is equally adept playing on the left or through the middle.
The 23-year-old is very good at link-up play, allowing his teammates to come into the game. His ability to finish off moves and find the back of the net regularly means that he is much more dangerous from central areas.
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He doesn’t have the express pace of many wingers, but he more than makes up for it with his goal-scoring exploits.
The Northern Ireland international is a decent passer of the ball while his physical attributes also make him a solid ball-carrier. Whyte focuses on threading useful short passes in and around the final third to create opportunities for his teammates.
Whyte has the quality to enhance Cardiff’s creativity in the final third. And if the winger manages to replicate his performances in the Championship, he will become the club’s creator-in-chief in no time. Hence, Warnock and the Bluebirds are doing the right job by signing the Northern Irishman.