Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock says he is thrilled to secure the signing of Norwich City winger Yanic Wildschut.
The winger arrives in South Wales on a loan deal which could turn permanent at the end of the season.
Cardiff City have been short of options in recent weeks following a number of injuries to key players and the Dutchman will offer another much-needed option.
Neil Warnock has been a keen admirer of Wildschut’s for some time and after failing to sign him last season, he is delighted to finally bring him to the club.
“It’s someone I’ve liked for a long time and I actually tried to buy him before Norwich did but the fee was much more than we could have paid.
“I like the lad. His attitude and versatility will suit us. If we went up, we’d sign him automatically but if we don’t we will have to have more discussions.
“I’ve seen him play wide and up front as well and we’re so thin on the ground in that area. He’ll suit the way we play and I like watching him myself so he fits the bill. I like people who go at people, his first thought is a positive and that’s what I like.”
The veteran boss was desperate to get at least one player in before this Saturday’s clash with Sunderland and he has now achieved that.
Wildschut joins after starting just 14 games for Norwich City this season and while he was in the market for more game time, signing him was no easy task and the work continues with Cardiff still in the market for more signings, according to Warnock.
“I’ve never worked so hard for a loan player in my life and it’s been a long week for me. We’re looking at others as well. We hit a brick wall and we’re hoping we can get more through next week.
“I’m not giving up on anyone, I don’t know about those names being top of my list but we’re looking.
“It’s an opportunity that we can’t afford to miss and the owners and the chairman know how I feel about that. That’s why I’m pleased to get Wildschut on board, and they know I want one or two more because that will give us a good chance of staying in the top six.
“Players do what’s best for them. We need to better what we’ve got so it’s not as if we have a huge list, they have to fit our wage bill, too.”
Cardiff have struggled in recent weeks amidst an injury crisis which has played a big part in them losing four straight league games.
The Bluebirds remain just two points and one position from second place, but they head into tomorrow’s clash with Sunderland low on confidence.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, star of Cardiff City’s early season success is just one example of players losing confidence and it has been apparent in recent weeks, but Warnock believes the signing of Yanic Wildschut will help motivate the winger while also revealing the full story behind the his dip in form..
“It’s got to help. I don’t think you can fault Junior (Hoilett) with his contributions. Mendez-Laing has hit a little bit of a brick wall over the few games but we’ve just found out he’s been on the wrong medication for an asthmatic problem for six weeks, so that could have something to do with it.
“I had a chat with him during the game last week and he was struggling. He’s had tests and it’s shown he should change medication which he should have been on the last few months and hopefully that will sort it out as he’s looked bright this week, back to his old self.
“Hopefully that’s been it. I’d noticed his lungs couldn’t do what he was doing earlier in season, then I saw at half-time against Mansfield and he looked older than me wheezing away in the corner of the dressing room. That’s when I had a chat with him and asked if he was okay inhaling and that.
“He said he was struggling and we got him to see the doctor. They did a few tests and the doctor said they should have looked at it a couple of months ago because earlier in season it was the right thing but in the colder months it should have been something else. Something as simple as that. Hopefully we’ve found the answer.”