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Four games in to the Championship season and City find themselves with seven points on the board and two very impressive wins under their belt. Malky's summer signings have shown true professionalism in how well they've settled in the capital and how quickly they've begun to gel together. So who's impressed the City support the most? Here's an overview of the three most impressive signings who are crafting Cardiff City's promising future.

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The first player to have impressed the majority is Don Cowie, one of three Scotsman to have been signed in the summer. The day before Cowie was revealed to the Cardiff fans the club called a press conference confirming that a new signing had been completed. Rumours and gossip spread amongst the fans as to what name Mackay and chief executive Gethin Jenkins had captured. Not one of these rumourmongers uttered the words Don Cowie. The midfielder was part of the line that Malky Mackay had been towing from Watford and was said to be his most loyal and reliable player at the club. Over the course of the four games he has started and finished there is no denying these qualities in him. His fitness levels are astounding. During the Bristol City match many were left asking at half time "did Cowie ever stop running?" Don Cowie has become the symbol of difference that many fans look at when comparing this year's side to last year's side. His quality on the ball is also exceptional which deems the Scottish international as something of a complete package with his ability to create and score goals. A delightful coup in this transfer window and a great example of the type of player Mackay looks to bring to the club.

Eagle eyed Cardiff City fans watching last night's Premier League clash between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur noticed star Wayne Rooney appearing to do the ayatollah after bagging the winning goal.

And we've found a picture of the scouse star caught in the act.

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The Football League, or Carling, Cup has in recent years been ridiculed as a nonsense competition many fans consider as the lowest priority in the football calendar.
Even the mention of the competition will nearly always be followed in conversation by words like 'Mickey Mouse' and 'youngsters', but is there still an important element to the Carling Cup for Cardiff City?

The Bluebirds face Huddersfield at Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday night following an extra-time victory over Oxford United in the First Round earlier this month. In that game Malky Mackay was forced to put together a mixed squad of experienced and reserve players, due to several of the City starting 11 being away on international duty.

I expect to see a similar selection on Tuesday. Everybody behind the scenes undoubtedly shares a unanimous opinion that the Championship should be our unrivalled priority this, and every season until we get it right.

Peter Whittingham playing for Cardiff City against Dagenham and Redbridge in the Carling Cup
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Giant striker Jon Parkin has apologised to manager Malky Mackay about a Twitter outburst regarding team selection.
As reported in today's South Wales Echo and on WalesOnline, Parkin tweeted: "Does anyone need a gardener? Looking for work," after Wednesday night's defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion.
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I'm pretty sure that Kevin McNaughton wasn't grey when he signed for Cardiff City back in 2006, but it didn't take long.

Whether it was a result of the stresses of South Wales, playing alongside Darren Purse or knocking the Grecian 2000 on the head, he's racked up over 200 appearances and has become Cardiff's most fondly regarded player.

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Where the likes of Eddie Johnson and Leo Fortune-West attained cult hero status by becoming a figure of fun, Super Kev has earned the affection of Cardiff fans through his commitment and endeavour.

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