‘ NEIL WARNOCK & THE CARDIFF PLAYER HE CAN RELY ON ‘
By Annis Abraham
Aron Gunnarsson seems to have a manager in Neil Warnock who has identified his best role and is allowing him to replicate his spectacular international performances,where as under previous managers Russell Slade and Paul Trollope,Gunnarsson was never given a proper role and was in and out of the Cardiff team.
Cardiff were beaten by Wigan,but once again Gunnarsson was exemplary,he was all over the pitch,from defending,to controlling the midfield,to the never say die attitude and even going for goal.
Even some Cardiff fans doubted Gunnarssons ability and called for him to be sold,in my opinion Gunnarsson can be the backbone of Cardiff City and he is a Neil Warnock type of player.
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has said himself that he feels managing a country like Iceland would suit him and Gunnarsson appears to be enjoying things under his new manager.
Gunnarsson said: ” The boss is playing me in defensive midfield, which is my role for the national team too. I’ve been playing a bit further up the field with the last couple of managers.
“Defensive midfield is where I feel most comfortable. My job is to help the team out and give the ball to more skilful players to push forward.
“Keeping a solid back line is my aim and my job for the national team – now it is for Cardiff City too. Hopefully that will lead to good results.”
Gunnarsson feels the steel shown by Cardiff during their mini revival in recent weeks has similarities with his national team’s exploits.
After their summer glories, Iceland sit joint top of their World Cup qualifying group with Croatia.
Aron Gunnarsson: “I can see some similarities between how we play for Iceland, and how Warnock wants to play.
“A strong backbone through the team and leaving the attacking players free to do their side of things. There’s definitely similarities, and it’s just a matter of everyone together, sticking together and having something to fight for.
“That comes from confidence, which is growing at the moment, and it’s a pleasure to see.”