Malky Mackay knows he must strengthen his Cardiff City squad for the Premier League.
The Bluebirds have been leading the Championship table for much of the season, and clinched promotion with a goalless draw against Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night. This means that next season, for the first time in 51 years, they will be competing in the top-flight.
Whilst Mackay has every confidence in his current crop of players, he is realistic enough to accept that to survive in the Premier League, he will need to add more quality to his options. And over the coming weeks, he plans to work out just how much movement he will need during the window.
“We’ve got a really good group here and a group that I think can challenge at the next level up. Again, to have that standard raised which absolutely is a must at Premier League level we’re going to need to bring in players as well,” the Cardiff manager told Sky Sports.
“How many of them? Well that’s something we have to look at in the summer, but as many good players as I can basically. It’s really about raising the standards. I think change is constant and if you don’t go with change, if you don’t keep pushing forward and keep trying to strive for the best you’re left behind and that would certainly be us as well and I won’t let that happen while I’m here.”
There have been suggestions that City’s Malaysian owner Vincent Tan could have Mackay as much as £25million to spend during the summer. Meanwhile, victory at Turf Moor against Burnley on Saturday afternoon would clinch the Championship title.