Kieffer Moore gets his Cardiff City wish as Wales ploy hands Morison dilemma
Kieffer Moore himself admitted he had endured something of a slow start to the season.
He has looked off colour and not at the races, especially when you compare him to the goalscoring machine he became last season.
But something has clicked in recent weeks and it offers cause for huge optimism from a Cardiff City standpoint.
The Bluebirds talisman now has four goals in four games for club and country and is brimming with the confidence we saw for the entirety of last season.
Moore returns to his club in the knowledge that his crucial goal for Wales earned his country a home semi-final play-off for the 2022 World Cup.
He also returns in the knowledge that Steve Morison is Cardiff City manager until the end of the season.
Ahead of the international break, Moore said he would be "100 per cent" behind the appointment of Morison, should it transpire, and indeed he got his wish.
"I'd be 100 per cent for it!" Moore said after his brace against Huddersfield when asked if he'd like to see Morison in the hot seat permanently.
"He has brought a real system to our game and you can only see it by watching just how much we have improved in such little time.
"You can time runs better. You've got time on the ball. You can't, as we were doing, just turn possession over.
"I feel like we really impose ourselves on teams now and making our own luck. It's been a much-improved system and it's been for the better."
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In the space of just a couple of weeks, the landscape for Moore, and subsequently Cardiff City, has just become that little bit rosier.
Moore's other comments after that Huddersfield game, coupled with his recent performances for Wales, also offer food for thought.
"You could say I had a slow-ish start, I had a couple of things go against me," he added.
"I'm not going to hold that against myself. I know what I can do, everyone knows what I can do.
"It's on me to get myself going. I think this change of management has helped me. It's got more players around me, I've had more chances on goal since that [change]. I'm not saying that's reason, but the more chances I get the more likely it is I can repeat last year."
It is noteworthy just how potent Moore looks when playing alongside a speedster such as Leeds United's Daniel James, someone who stretches defences and leaves pockets of space for the striker to fill.
James is someone who causes opposition defences another problem and makes Moore's life far easier. He did so against Belgium and also against Czech Republic last month.
At Cardiff, Moore has often been tasked with being the lone striker. But when the system has afforded him the opportunity, he has benefited from having a strike partner.
Think back to that brilliant run Cardiff had almost exactly a year ago, when Mark Harris was brought into the side for the first time. They bounced off each other and Cardiff won four games on the spin.
Even when Mick McCarthy came in, the manager used a two-up-top system which included one of Sheyi Ojo or Josh Murphy playing off Moore and the whole team flourished and went on that remarkable, 11-game unbeaten run.
Moore makes the point himself that getting more of his own players around him will only help him put the ball in the back of the net more often.
Steve Morison's brand of football so far has certainly been conducive to scoring goals, but he has largely opted for only one striker unless chasing the game late on. It has been far easier on the eye and encouraging to see some real wing play, but the prospect of opting for another striker alongside Moore does throw up something of a dilemma for the new boss.
While Cardiff don't boast a Daniel James, they certainly have pacy options within their ranks to act as a foil for Moore.
Harris, of course, plays that role particularly well, while speedster Isaak Davies deservedly earned plaudits for his performance against the Terriers before the international break.
A confident Kieffer, with a slight tweak in system, really could be the perfect recipe which helps Cardiff kick-on it what really is now a crucial period for the Bluebirds as we charge full steam ahead into the gruelling festive period.
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