This summer Cardiff City have raided Oxford United twice for new signings, with Curtis Nelson joining on a free transfer and Gavin Whyte joining this week for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £3 million.
We were keen to get the Oxford View on our new recruits, so we spoke to Oxford United fan and host of the Not The Top 20 podcast George Elek about the new Bluebirds.
George, first of all what can Cardiff fans expect from both Curtis Nelson and Gavin Whyte?
Nelson is a good athlete who is comfortable on the ball and a solid enough defender. His pace is a big asset as quicker strikers can’t burn past him, although he has made mistakes when defending facing his own goal.
Whyte is an explosive player, most comfortable on the wing but can play as a striker off the last man. Huge amounts of pace to burn and will be very popular with fans for his confidence. Scores goals, and good ones, too.
Just how good are they?
Nelson has been our best defender for a few years and is a top end League One centre-back. There’s no reason why he can’t improve given his age.
Whyte can be as good as he wants, really. He has everything and I think he will be a Premier League player soon.
Both will have tough jobs displacing Cardiff’s first choice options in their position, are both able to make the step up the the championship do you think?
Given their age I don’t think that’s too much of an issue. It looks like Nelson will initially be cover which will likely suit. I’m sure Whyte will be used a lot this season even if not starting every week.
Are Oxford fans sorry to see them both leave?
Yes, both. Probably our two best players last season so it’s not ideal!
Curtis Nelson left Oxford on a free transfer, how come he was available on a free? Did Oxford try to keep him?
He was stripped of the captaincy last season when he wouldn’t sign a new deal – so it wasn’t for lack of trying!