It was obvious that things needed to alter in the Welsh capital if they were to escape the fangs of relegation this season after finding themselves at the bottom end of the Championship in recent seasons and only being saved from relegation by Reading’s points deduction.
During the summer transfer window, they were successful in acquiring some outstanding players, such as Josh Bowler, Aaron Ramsey, Yakou Meite, Karlan Grant, etc.
However, the club’s manager Erol Bulut also deserves a lot of praise for the job he has done thus far, leading the team to some outstanding victories against teams like Coventry City and Sunderland.
They are now in the running for promotion, and while they cannot afford to rest on their laurels, they have allowed themselves some breathing room in their effort to stay in the second tier past the current season’s finish.
We’ve chosen three players that could leave the Cardiff City Stadium when the next transfer window opens. Bulut might be eager to make further acquisitions in January to ensure that his team has necessary depth.
Rinomhota played in 39 league games last season, which was a significant improvement for him given that he missed much of the 2021–2022 season due to a bad injury.
He has been mainly restricted to Carabao Cup appearances this season though – and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was offloaded in January – either on loan or permanently.
The midfielder probably doesn’t regret leaving Reading for the Bluebirds considering the Royals are in League One now – but he may need to drop down a division now to win more game time until he can force his way into Bulut’s plans.
Things don’t look promising for him though, with his own league appearance so far this season coming on the opening day at Leeds United.
He will be desperate to win more minutes and Aaron Ramsey’s injury could potentially allow him to win more minutes. It remains to be seen whether that will happen though.
Another midfielder who might leave the team in the coming months is Sawyers.
Although he may have played frequently in the Carabao Cup, his playing time may now be restricted given that the Bluebirds are no longer eligible after their loss to Blackburn Rovers.
It would be challenging to imagine the former West Bromwich Albion player forcing his way back into the picture in the capital of Wales given that it appears that he is even behind Rinomhota in the pecking order.
This season, he has yet to appear in any league games.
Evans is another player who has had minimal playing time this year, although that is not unexpected given his lack of extensive EFL experience.
He can only gain more experience by playing in more games, which might not happen at Cardiff City Stadium.If he doesn’t able to secure some meaningful playing time between now and January, he might be headed for another loan in the winter after spending last season at Torquay United.