Wilson informed ‘impress me’ as McCarthy chooses goalscorer Ojo
Harry Wilson has been cautioned he is not guaranteed a place at Cardiff, after “various class” Sheyi Ojo scored in his absence in Mick McCarthy’s first game in charge.
McCarthy took over from the left Neil Harris last week, following his own exit from the task at Cypriot First Department side APOEL, entrusted with bring back Cardiff’s season.
After a short time at the training school, the 61-year-old led his brand-new side into his first game, against the club he began his youth career with as a player, Barnsley.
On the same night that saw all eyes on Thomas Tuchel’s teamsheet in your home to Wolves, McCarthy’s choice at Oakwell showed similarly intriguing due to the diverging fates of two Liverpool loanees.
While Ojo went back to the beginning lineup after spending the last 3 video games of Harris’ reign as an alternative, noticeable in his lack was Wilson.
Among the most high-profile players in the Championship, and statistically one of the second tier’s leading developers, the 23-year-old was on the bench for only the second time because signing up with the Bluebirds on a season-long loan in October.
And for the very first time at Cardiff, Wilson went unused for the entire game, with a 2-2 draw with Barnsley marked by a 4th goal of the season for Ojo.
It was a hard start at Oakwell, with the hosts going 2-0 up by the 52nd minute as Mads Juel Andersen and Cauley Woodrow put the ball past Alex Smithies.
However the tide turned as luck favoured Cardiff, with Ojo minimizing the deficit before the hour mark with an instinctive left-footed finish from Josh Murphy’s drilled ball into the box, prior to Joe Ralls’ brilliant corner was nodded in by Kieffer Moore for 2-2.
While not the perfect result for McCarthy, the draw – which saw ex-Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane come off the bench for Barnsley – keeps Cardiff closer to midtable than the relegation zone.
Speaking after the game, the previous Premier League supervisor discussed the circumstance with Wilson, firmly insisting that while Ojo was “various class” in training in midweek, the Wales international would require to “impress” to make his opportunity.
” I selected the team based on what I saw in training over two days. They have got to impress me there,” McCarthy said.
” The ones who impressed me were Junior [Hoilett] and Sheyi Ojo, the two of them were various class in training.
” Everybody gets so surprised that Harry’s not playing and Murph’s not playing, so what? We have actually got an excellent squad of gamers.”
Pressed even more on Wilson, McCarthy reacted: “I’m sorry, did I concern a club where there was some gilt-edged positions for gamers? Because nobody told me and that ain’t going to occur, ever.
” You have actually got to get in the team and when you get in the group you have actually got to stay in the team.
” I understand Harry is an excellent gamer, I have actually seen him, he was at Hull, he scored for them against Ipswich. I’ve seen him at Bournemouth, Derby, I’ve constantly admired him.
” And I want to admire him at Cardiff. However, like I said, I picked the team on what I saw in my 2 days of training.”
It appears Wilson might deal with a tough task to persuade McCarthy he deserves a starting area, as the brand-new supervisor is not one to be awed by credibility, rather appropriately emphasising the importance of form and commitment.
In reality, this is precisely the challenge Wilson requires to prove that he is capable of stepping up to the Premier League on a permanent basis next season – however maybe it is rather Ojo who can increase his chances in between now and the end of May.