Player profiles: John Brayford, Simon Moore and Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker swanseaCardiff City been active in the transfer window. Let’s take a look at new signings John Brayford, Simon Moore and Steven Caulker as we push to review all the transfers before the season starts.

John Brayford

Left-back John Robert Brayford (25) progressed from non-league Burton Albion,  Crewe Alexandra, Derby County all the way to premiership newcomers Cardiff City.

brayfordBrayford has a high workrate, good passing and dribbling skills and a good right foot. In 42 appearances for Derby he scored twice, picked up 6 yellows and no reds. More importantly, he kept 12 clean sheets.

Pre-season Brayford had done OK, yet each time he has played John has been subbed for or by Connolly, leading me to believe he probably will be a back up defender. At £4.0m he is cheap enough – but will he play?

Simon Moore

Goalie Simon Moore (23) from Brentford where he made 74 appearances in 3 years, keeping 24 clean sheets with just two 2 yellows.

I think he will be a back up keeper. We like players who play, so I can’t recommend Simon for your Fantasy Football team either.

Steven Caulker

Steven CaulkerCenter Back Steven Roy Caulker (21) from Tottenham Hotspur Academy is a promising player who featured in the Team GB side in the Olympics. He is experienced with a season in the Premiership with Spurs, and loan spells to Yeovil Town, Bristol City and Swansea City.

Last season’s 24 (2) appearances for Spurs included 2 goals, one assist, no yellows nor any reds. Last season some of the newspapers suggested he is a “hoofer”, but he can play the ball out of defence well and Gallas thinks he could be an England great.

Cardiff paid £8m for him – a huge sum that tells us Caulker has not joined to warm the bench. The problem is Cardiff’s opening fixtures. In the first 8 games they face West Ham (A), Man City (H), Everton (H), Spurs (H) and Chelsea (A) so I don’t see many clean sheets – perhaps Newcastle (H). I think there are better options for us managers at the moment, but keep your eye on him.

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2 thoughts on “Player profiles: John Brayford, Simon Moore and Steven Caulker

  1. Nice write-up on the Cardiff new boys Jai! Particularly interested to see how Caulker does now that he’ll be given a proper chance. He always seemed to have the stuff to be a very good CB in the EPL, so hopefully the move away from that eternal 5th place Spuds team works out for him :).

    • Mate, Caulker seems to be an interesting punt but as I pointed out in the article that Caulker faces tough teams and leaving him I don’t think his other team defenders are as good as him. So less chances of clean sheets from him. But yeah he might score oddly.

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