Cardiff City gained promotion back to the Premier League after claiming the second automatic promotion spot from the Championship last season, finishing behind Wolverhampton Wanderers.

For many it was a surprise that the Bluebirds went up, but went up they did driven by Mr Promotion himself Neil Warnock. For boss Warnock it was a record eighth promotion and it will see him pit his wits, and tongue, against some of the best in the business in a league often thought to be football’s finest.

Not only will it be manager Warnock who’ll be slugging it out with some of the best managers in the world, his players will also be stepping up in competition. The Welsh side will find themselves playing with some of the finest football talent on the planet.

Goals will be at a premium, and this is a Cardiff side led by the 10 goals of midfielder Callum Patterson with forwards Junior Hoilett and Kenneth Zohore pitching in next with nine goals apiece. To that end, they could do with a more proficient and deadly goal scorer.

At the moment Cardiff City are massive favourites with bookie Bet Victor to land Watford’s £20 million striker Andre Gray. As it stands the Bluebirds are evens favourites to land the Hornets star, the nearest challengers being Premier League duo Everton and Brighton who are lagging way behind both given odds of 10/1.

Gray made his name at Luton Town scoring 55 goals and providing 25 assists in 106 games for the Hatters before a £560,000 move to Brentford at the beginning of July 2014. After 20 goals and 10 assists in just 52 games for the Bees, he was soon buzzing off to Burnley for an astronomical fee of £11.2 million.

Two seasons at Turf Moor, one in the Championship and one in the Premier League, brought 32 goals for the Wolverhampton born hitman – as well as a £18.4 million move to current club Watford in early august last year.

With Cardiff looking for goals, and Andre Gray having a knack of getting them, it’s seemingly a match made in heaven.

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