Why Cardiff City should go all out for Alejandro Gomez in January
Cardiff City’s problems in front of the goal have been laid bare in recent games. Just one goal in the last five games – a Victor Camarasa scorcher at Leicester City – tells us the entire scenario.
The Bluebirds are finding it very tough to score goals in the Premier League and that’s understandable given the quality they have. Callum Paterson, who came in as a right-back at Cardiff, has been deployed up front by Neil Warnock to zero effect.
Kenneth Zohore’s season has been disrupted with calf and thigh problems, and Danny Ward has also been hit by injury. Gary Madine has left Cardiff for Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season, weakening Warnock’s options up front.
Not only does Warnock need to find a reliable goalscorer but also someone who can bring creativity to the table. Victor Camarasa has undoubtedly been the Welsh outfit’s best player this season but the Spaniard alone cannot do everything on the pitch.
He needs support as well as competition to produce his best in front of the goal. Keeping Cardiff’s problems in mind, Warnock must plot a move for Atalanta attacker Alejandro Gomez.
Alejandro Gomez, 30, has enjoyed a brilliant season at Atalanta so far, scoring 5 goals and supplying as many assists in 18 Serie A games. He is a crucial cog of Gian Piero Gasperini’s Atalanta side, meaning Cardiff have to cough up solid money to lure the diminutive playmaker to South Wales.
Gomez’s best position is the hole behind the striker but he can play anywhere across the frontline. Blessed with an impeccable technique and quick feet, Alejandro Gomez combines his low centre of gravity with his blistering pace and dribbling abilities to rip apart defences.
He is comfortable with the ball at his feet and keeps excellent close control in tight areas, making space for himself to break free at a blistering pace.
The 30-year-old can pick out a pass, possesses good movement and can score long-range scorchers with either feet. Not only is Alejandro Gomez all about dribbling skills and pace but he also works extremely hard without the ball.
Also excellent at set-pieces, Gomez would bring dynamism and raw pace to Cardiff’s play in the final third. The 30-year-old can form a deadly partnership with Camarasa and add a touch of unpredictability to Cardiff’s misfiring and toothless attack.
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Hence, Neil Warnock can pull off a masterstroke by signing the diminutive Gomez in January. The playmaker’s acquisition would definitely bolster the Bluebirds’ hopes of beating the drop.