Mick McCarthy conducts a pre match interview

The Bluebirds boss has not given up on a Championship play-off spot – and is ‘focused’ on recovering from Easter Monday’s shattering 5-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

McCarthy has now had 16 games in charge of the Bluebirds – plenty of time to assess his squad.

When asked about his summer transfer plans, McCarthy said: “We need to be having a chat about that.

“We will need to do that as soon as possible in terms of players we will require, because there are players here on loan and players out of contract.

“What exactly are we going to have for next year before we start recruitment? That needs to be discussed. We are certainly looking towards next season.

“But first and foremost, everything is easier to plan for, everything easier to do, every discussion is easier if you win on a Saturday. So, Blackburn is my focus for the moment.”

McCarthy believes the financial impact of the pandemic, especially with the games being played behind closed doors, will have a big impact on the transfer market.

“Football is going to be affected no doubt about that. I would think that contracts and what have you, are going to be affected. There are no fans, there is no revenue coming in,” he added.

“I don’t know what it’s costing Vincent to keep this club going without any revenue coming in. It’s amazing that clubs are continuing in the vein they are and still investing and owners are still ploughing money into them, which is to our benefit of course”.

Player fatigue

He also went on to admit that star man Kieffer Moore looks ‘knackered’ after a long gruelling season.

The Wales international has played many games this season – 36 from a possible 40 league games – and it has begun to take a toll. Moore is looking tired and looks half the player he did previously.

When asked about his physical state at present, McCarthy did not pull any punches.

“I think he looks knackered! That’s slightly more than weary.”

“But we haven’t got a replacement for him. We tried that in January.

“He has been brilliant. He is our main focal point up front, and we have no one to replace him. None of the other strikers are Kieffer Moore, that’s for sure”.

Potential signings

According to Wales Online, Cameron Jerome was one man lined up as a potential back up in January, however the deal never materialised. Contact was also made with Jordan Rhodes, who has found form in recent weeks and is out of contract in the summer.

The Bluebirds have also been linked with Accrington Stanley’s Dion Charles and Rotherham’s Joshua Kayode.

Expect some of these names to continue to be linked with Cardiff in the weeks and months ahead.

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