Warnock satisfied with sensible spending
Neil Warnock has declared himself satisfied with Cardiff’s sensible summer spending as they prepare for the new Premier League season.
The Bluebirds are back in the top flight and will be aiming to survive this season after their previous one-year stay during the 2013-14 campaign.
Warnock has been prudent in adding to his first-team squad over the summer with goalkeeper Alex Smithies coming in from QPR, defender Greg Cunningham joining from Preston, while on-loan midfield pair Harry Arter and Victor Camarasa were both signed on deadline day.
Josh Murphy, an £11m signing from Norwich, and Bobby Reid are other new options for Warnock but Cardiff have not opted to go down the same path as fellow Premier League new-boys Fulham and Wolves, who have both spent much more money in strengthening their respective squads.
‘We’re not throwing money away or done things we can’t sustain,’ Warnock said ahead of Saturday’s opener against Bournemouth.
‘We’ve got players on loan so if things don’t go right it’s not going to bankrupt the club in 12 months. But at the same time they’ve got something to prove and last year we gave most teams a run.’
Warnock admits he would have liked to have added a proven striker to his ranks before the transfer window closed on Thursday but he is satisfied and could have splashed the cash on Arter, who cannot face parent club Bournemouth this weekend, and Camarasa, but they came in on loan instead.
‘I’d have probably bought a top-class striker, but I’m not sure I’d have spent it elsewhere really,’ he added.
‘If I had to spend £15-20million on the two midfield players I brought in I’d probably have done it.’
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