After much speculation, and Warnock throwing us off the scent, Cardiff City confirmed the signing of German striker Robert Glatzel from FC Heidenheim in 2. Bundesliga. The deal is believed to be worth, up to, £5.5m with the 6ft 4in hitman joining in time for Wigan. Most famous for scoring a hat-trick against Boro in pre-season, and one against Bayern Munich last season, Glatzel comes highly rated. So what do we think of this one?
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From a small tweet grows big things. A northern football correspondent reported, yesterday morning, that a little known German striker called Robert Glatzel was on his way to Wales to complete a medical ahead of a £5.5m deal to sign for Cardiff.
By this morning, it was complete. Of course, he’s not exactly a household name but boy does have the credentials. A tall lad, he looks technically excellent and physically imposing. The headline news; he scored a hat trick against Bayern last season. The key info? He managed 17 goals in 29 games last season. And shout out to the internet for allowing us to watch a highlight reel of last season.
Warnock said he wasn’t looking for a household name and it wouldn’t be someone we immediately recognised. But it looks as if he’s pulled something right out of his hat. Spending nearly 3/5ths of the money we got for Zohore on Glatzel looks like good business on the surface and I’m excited to see Glatzel lead the line for Cardiff.
He’s only gone and done it again, “we’re not even close to signing someone” he said on Saturday only to see the deal done by Tuesday, classic Colin.
I was pleasantly surprised to see our new number 9 had recently scored a pre-season hat trick against Jonathan Woodgate’s new-look Middlesborough and that alone filled me with hope. Let’s be honest, it’s been such a long time since we had a prolific striker that we’ve all forgotten what they look like.
Glatzel appears to tick all of the Warnock boxes in that he’s tall, strong and has a good touch (bit like big Ken if you remember him). It’s unfair to label Cardiff City as a long-ball side but they’ve missed a real focal point in the box and this appears to be just the thing we were missing. He’s obviously no Gary Madine but i’m willing to give him a chance, here’s to the next Chopra!
Well, that came out of nowhere. It seems like everyone has been scrambling all summer to predict who our new striker would be and we’ve seen names from Charlie Austin to Britt Assombalonga linked/
It’s great to see that the club have invested money in an area that needs investing in and I like the look of Glatzel.
I didn’t know too much about him, but when I spoke to German football expert Chris Williams about him for the latest View From The Ninian Podcast (listen here champs) I was enthused. Although Chris pointed out that Glatzel is a bit of a journey man and before last season hasn’t been too prolific, he did emphasise his strengths that I think could fit Warnock’s system well.
Although 6 foot 4 and good in the air, Glatzel has a bit about him with the ball on the deck, too. He’s clever in the way that he wins free-kicks and isn’t too bad from distance. You can listen to what Chris had to say about Glatzel below.
All in all, I think this is a positive signing. The club has reinvested the money from Zohore on, hopefully, a better player.
New pod dropping shortly ready for your morning commutes, but to get you in the mood here’s @Chris78Williams talking about the qualities Robert Glatzel will bring to the #Bluebirds. pic.twitter.com/tkKVWuDMp9
— View From The Ninian (@VFTNinian) 30 July 2019