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Warnock says it’s a “no brainer” who his best striking options are as he prepares for Chelsea challenge

Neil Warnock has no doubt about who is best strike partnership is ahead of this weekend’s Chelsea test.

The Bluebirds boss has settled on his strike partnership for now after being impressed by Danny Ward and Bobby Reid.

The unlikely pair started against Arsenal before the international break and surprised many with their respective displays.

Ward scored on his full Premier League debut and Reid also impressed in a position which saw him play both wide and in behind partner Ward.

Kenneth Zohore started the season as the number one choice up top and there’s some debate over who the Bluebirds boss goes with for a tough test at Chelsea.

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But Neil Warnock says he has no doubt over who his best options are. He revealed: “At the moment I think the best strike force is Danny Ward and my other young lad Bobby Reid.

“They have been improving – not just in the game – they have been improving in training when I look at the pair of them, they are relishing the prospect and I think they have both stepped up.

“It’s like having a new player with Danny because he just didn’t play last season. He had a hell of an injury and his world was turned upside down.

“It’s horrible to miss that length of time. Everything has changed for him, family wise as well, a new family and opportunity to play in the Prem.

“I said to him the weekend of the Arsenal game, who’d have thought 18 months ago when we were changing in – no disrespect but – not the nicest of dressing rooms at Rotherham, that you’d be playing against Arsenal and (me) managing against Arsenal.

“But we are here on merit. I think Danny can get better, and I think Bobby as well, now that we are playing him in the right position. It’s a great opportunity for him.

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Something that has split opinion is where Bobby Reid’s best position is. The former Bristol City man joined in the summer having enjoyed a successful time as a striker at Ashton Gate.

However, he seemed to struggle in that role early on for Cardiff and it’s left many wondering whether he is better off out wide, or just in behind the striker.

Warnock believes it may be the latter and he is keen to give Reid a chance to develop on the big stage.

“We want to give Bobby an opportunity,” added the Bluebirds boss. “If you look at the stats, Bobby covers every blade of grass.

“He’s quite capable of doing that. He’s such an enthusiastic boy that we love him in training. He and Danny (Ward) have been a great partnership.

“I think Danny has goals in his locker as well.

“At the moment, it’s a no brainer. Whether we can get away with that (two up front), I’ll know more in the next few weeks because we couldn’t play any bigger teams than these two.”