Eli King is “Exceptional” for Morcambe as Cardiff City ponder midfield options

Hamish Woodward

On-loan midfielder Eli King has starred for Morecambe in recent weeks, giving Cardiff City manager Erol Bulut a headache in who to add to his midfield.

The Bluebirds are chasing Trabzonspor midfielder Anastasios Bakasetas for a January transfer, with the Greek’s previous experience with the manager being key in their pursuit of the Greece international.

Despite a fantastic season so far by Bakasetas and two rejected contract offers, Bulut could opt to recall Eli King from his loan at Doncaster Rovers instead and bed the youngster into his side for the busy festive period.

King would add some much-needed skill into a faltering Cardiff midfield, which are suffering heavily from the absence of Wales’ star Aaron Ramsey, missing since September with illness and injury.

Eli King was exceptional against Doncaster Rovers

Morecambe manager Ged Brannan branded Cardiff’s on-loan midfielder Eli King “exceptional” for his performance in the club’s 5-0 win over Doncaster Rovers.

The Welsh defensive midfielder shone in the huge win, scoring and assisting in a match that gives Erol Bulut a huge headache in what to do in January.

While calls for King to be recalled and thrust into the starting eleven, the Turkish manager may play the long game, seeking to continue King’s development at Morecambe at the expense of Cardiff’s results in the short term.

According to CCFCinsider on Twitter, King dominated the match against Doncaster on the weekend, scoring and assisting in a 5-0 win for the Shrimps.

The Welshman created five chances, winning 9 of his duals and touching the ball 70 times in an astonishing 90-minutes of play.

Pundit Gabriel Sutton added that King is having a “fab season on loan from Cardiff”, and it is hard to argue against him

Eli King has started 75% of matches this season, controlling the midfield with his accurate passing and cool head in possession.

He is starting to add goals to his game, scoring once this season while also assisting twice for the Shrimps.

King is in the form of his career and could be due a call up to the Wales National Team by Rob Page, but faces still competition from Ethan Ampadu and Jordan James for a place in the side.

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