Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bellamy Coup Is Great for Blues; BERNIE'S BOLT

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bellamy Coup Is Great for Blues; BERNIE'S BOLT

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Byline: BEAHIE SLAVEN

CRAIG Bellamy for Cardiff -what an unbelievable signing for a Championship side. It's a marvellous coup for the Bluebirds which throws the title battle wide open.

If Bellamy is only half as good as he has been in the Premier League, then Cardiff have got to be one of the favourites to take one of the automatic promotion spots.

That heaps the pressure on Boro to show that they have got what it takes to stick with the pacesetters.

He hasn't kicked a ball yet, but you just know that Bellamy is going to make a massive difference at Cardiff.

He's not just one hell of a player, he's got a fiery temperament and a great appetite for the game.

He's a smashing player. You can imagine the difference it will make to the rest of the Cardiff squad just having him around.

You have to pinch yourself to think that player of his calibre will be playing in the Championship. After all, he was Man City's player of the year.

Obviously Bellamy has gone to Cardiff only on loan, which means that he'll still be getting the full whack of his wages.

I read that City said if he went out on loan he couldn't play for another side in the Premier League.

But he could have gone to Celtic on a three year deal, while there were opportunities for him to move abroad.

I know Bellamy is a Cardiff fan, but it's still a strange move. Maybe he thinks that Mancini will get the sack if things don't go well and he can go back to City in January.

Whatever his reasons, it's a terrific coup for Cardiff.

I wouldn't argue with the theory that the Bluebirds have got the best attack in the Championship now, what with Chris Burke on the other flank and Michael Chopra up front.

They've also signed midfielder Jason Koumas on loan from Wigan and he's another top player.

When you think that QPR have started the season like a house on fire, suddenly Boro's task looks a lot tougher.

That's not forgetting that Boro have failed to win either of their first two games.

I said during the summer that Boro needed to hit the ground running.

But they got off to the worst possible start by losing to Ipswich. They looked slow and cumbersome in that game.

By all accounts things were better at Leicester.

But Boro have managed just three shots on target in the opening two games and that's a scary stat.

I don't think all the chopping and changing helps. If you've got a settled side with players in their rightful positions then it's got to be better for the team.

But Hoyte and Bates were swapped around last week, then Robson is on the right and then in the middle, and Bailey is in the middle and then on the left.

I have been there. I hated it when I was moved out to the left as a player, because all I wanted to do was to play through the middle.

I wasn't happy and I always remembered that Jock Stein said a happy player was a better player. …

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