Aron Gunnarsson hopes for new Cardiff City signings

Aron Gunnarsson
Gunnarsson has quickly established himself in the Cardiff midfield

Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has said he hopes manager Malky Mackay can strengthen Cardiff City's squad during the January transfer window.

Mackay, who had a bid for Brighton's Craig Noone rejected, has said he would not be devastated if the club failed to make any new signings this month.

But Gunnarsson believes new additions would give everyone a lift.

"You always want to see new faces especially at this time of year," said the 22-year-old, who joined in July.

"I've heard there's some movement but I hope we will get some new legs into the squad just to kick on really.

"I'm not 100% sure what's going to happen. You want to mix it up a little bit and get some new legs into the squad."

Cardiff are currently third in the Championship and four points off an automatic promotion place, surprising many who expected a season of transition under new manager Mackay.

But Gunnarsson says Cardiff's lofty league position is testament to the work of Mackay, who succeeded Dave Jones as manager last June.

"No one really expected us to be up there because of how many players Cardiff City lost last summer," the Iceland international told BBC Sport Wales.

"Obviously new players came in, new management so everyone expected us to have time to blend in together and to find our space in this league.

"But I think Malky's done very well with blending us in together and he's got a good atmosphere going. It's nice to work under him and I think we're on the right path."

Cardiff face Portsmouth at home in the Championship on Saturday before hosting Crystal Palace in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg next Tuesday.

Palace were 1-0 winner in the first leg at Selhurst Park but Gunnarsson believes the Bluebirds can overcome their Championship rivals and secure a place in the Wembley final.

"It's going to be a hard game," said Gunnarsson. "We know how Crystal Palace work. They're really compact as a team and it's hard to break them down.

"But we're confident at home [and] we need to score some goals. I think it will be a more open game than it was the first leg."

Gunnarsson, who joined Cardiff on a free transfer from Coventry City during the summer, says he is enjoying life in the Welsh capital.

"It's nice to live here and Cardiff as a football club is nice to be around and be involved with," he said.

"It made it a lot easier than how I thought it was going to be especially with the good bunch of lads that are here.

"Obviously [with] a lot of new players coming in we so we sort of stuck together to settle in quickly."

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