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Kenny Miller divided opinion during his time at the club. Some felt that Cardiff failed to play to his strengths as he performed a thankless task up front on his own, others felt he was past his best and not clinical enough in front of goal. What cannot be contested is that he played too much, largely due to necessity. That is no longer a problem.

Malky is playing with two up front at present to utilise Nicky Maynard with a partner and Heidur Helguson appears to be ahead of Joe Mason, Robert Earnshaw and Etien Velikonja.

Despite a wealth of available options, there has yet to be any rotation thus far. In the midst of three fixtures in close succession, it will be interesting to see if he alters his favoured line up during the next couple of games.

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During his gig for the High Flying Birds at the Motorpoint Arena, Noel Gallagher did the ayatollah, which pleased the Cardiff City fans in the crowd.

Julian Jenkins of Cardiff City talking at The Stadium Business Summit 2012.

It would be easy to write something praising Cardiff's impressive win against Wolves, there was much to admire in the way they overwhelmed a side that were plying their trade in the Premier League a few months ago. Instead, I would rather address the spending that enabled this performance and attempt to contextualise it in some way.

Cardiff have spent £9.65m on 10 players this summer, a figure that exceeds £10m if you factor in Filip Kiss, who has seen his loan spell made permanent. This is more than such European luminaries as Ajax, Newcastle United, PSV Eindhoven and Europa League holders Atletico Madrid.

When you consider that Cardiff were losing around £1m a month last season, Craig Bellamy's wages alone should double that figure, without factoring in other high earners such as Nicky Maynard and Kim Bo-Kyung. The recent spending is eye-watering and scares the life out of me.

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