Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that German striker Robert Glatzel will be placed on the transfer list this summer.

The 27-year-old target man was signed in 2019 by Neil Warnock, while the two seasons since have been patchy and, on the whole, not prolific.

A strikingly direct McCarthy said: “Robert, he’s available. He’s not going to be for me, otherwise I wouldn’t have loaned him out.”

The decision seems logical given that the Bluebirds have shown much greater loyalty to the equally tall front-man Kieffer Moore, trust which he has duly repaid with 18 Championship goals this campaign.

In contrast, Glatzel managed a measly seven goals in 30 league games last season, before a disappointing three goal haul prompted his loan move to Bundesliga side Mainz in February.

However, the German should not be short of potential suitors. His 6’4” frame makes him a distinctive weapon under the right manager, and former Cardiff boss Neil Harris was full of praise for his former striker, labelling him the best finisher he had ever worked with.

Since his temporary move back to Germany, Glatzel has scored twice in nine outings for a Mainz side which, since his arrival, has seen a dramatic upturn in fortunes.

Regarding Cardiff, one thing is clear from McCarthy’s comments: a summer transfer plan is already in place, at least partly, and the former Republic of Ireland boss is pulling no punches when it comes to getting rid of the perceived dead wood.

Until then, the Bluebirds still have three more games to play, starting tomorrow afternoon with the visit of Gareth Ainsworth’s Wycombe Wanderer’s side who are still fighting for Championship survival.

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