The last 24 hours have seen plenty of rumours floating around over a supposedly imminent deal between Crystal Palace and Real Betis for Victor Camarasa and having spent last season on loan at Cardiff City, our former boss Neil Warnock has admitted to the press that we asked him for his thoughts on the Spaniard.
The Bluebirds eventually dropped out of the top flight in May but for Warnock and the vast majority of the Cardiff faithful, Camarasa was a breath of fresh air throughout his time on their books. Clearly, it’s a deal that we’ve been weighing up for some time but with Neil also naming Burnley as an interested party, there remains a chance that we could be beaten to the punch.
Warnock: ‘Crystal Palace rang us up about Victor Camarasa. We were gutted really, but we gave him a good reference. Burnley enquired as well. There were one or two clubs and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it. He’s a good player, one of the best midfield players I've had under me." 😢 pic.twitter.com/tjCtSSGyy9
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Whilst some have already questioned the wisdom of moving for another central midfielder, Victor’s attacking prowess is something we were sorely missing through the middle for large swathes of last season, which, if coupled up with a more advanced role for Max Meyer in the 2019/20 campaign, could prove to be a masterstroke.
Technically proficient, comfortable in possession and with an obvious eye for goal, Camarasa would surely benefit from the solid defensive base offered directly behind him by the likes of Milivojevic, McArthur or Kouyate, getting forward with genuine freedom to aid Zaha, Townsend and Benteke in their endeavours across the final third. I’m not rose-tinted enough to suggest that the 25-year-old would act as some sort of magical missing link but after regular struggles to click going forward last term, his presence would certainly be a welcome one.
Warnock and the whole of Cardiff’s fan-base are clearly in love with the lad and that, by and large, will do for me as a reference.