The early verdict on cardiff City’s new signings as Warnock’s men kick-off their pre-season with a win over taffs Well

Four of the Bluebirds new signings featured during the pre-season friendly win over Welsh League outfit Taffs Well.

All of the new boys were given a chance to impress during the first half before Neil Warnock fielded an almost completely different side in the second half.

That sole 45 minutes means we have limited evidence to go off for the recent incomings, but all four who travelled to Taffs Well have made their first impression in a Cardiff City shirt.

Here’s how they performed;

Loic Damour

The Frenchman enjoyed the best first 45 minutes of the new signings to appear in the first half.

Damour looked sharp in the midfield, playing some very well-measured balls wide and into the box, perhaps being directed by the boss to take on the role of the departed Peter Whittingham.

He may have been a surprise signing – but on this evidence – he could be a very good one, especially with the Bluebirds looking to replace the almost irreplaceable deliveries of Whittingham.

Danny Ward

The forward delivered a steady performance for the Bluebirds in the first half, but looked like he needs some minutes under his belt.

As a striker, it can be difficult to find your touch early in pre-season, and Ward probably felt that way this evening.

However, a handful of decent half-efforts on goal and some glimpses of quality mean he won’t be too disappointed – more to come from Ward for sure.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

Mendez-Laing didn’t look too sharp this evening and he’s another will need to get plenty of pre-season minutes under his belt.

Having said that, he clearly has a very decent touch and a bit of trickery in his locker, he just needs some time on the pitch to develop confidence.

It’s going to be a tough season for him, and it won’t be easy making the starting XI regularly having made the step up from League One, but he looks to be a good squad player on tonight’s limited evidence.

Neil Etheridge

Very little to do for the debutant goalkeeper against lesser opposition.

Etheridge did what he was supposed to when he managed to get touched on the ball, and commanded his back-line well despite them being relatively new faces to him.

Unlike his fellow debutants, Etheridge remained on for some of the second half, but he didn’t get any busier and can be pleased with a quiet start to his Cardiff City career.