It’s great to see a Liverpool loanee actually making proper strides while away from the club.
Too often in the past few years under Jurgen Klopp have youngsters not really impressed away from Liverpool – getting few chances to impress at clubs in the lower leagues.
But Marko Grujic appears to taking his Cardiff opportunities with both hands.
His temporary manager Neil Warnock has praised the Serbian’s improvement since heading to Wales – claiming many of his attributes are visibly developing.
“I think he’s got better,” Warnock said, cited in the Echo.
“He’s not getting caught in possession as much now. He’s realising how quick it is, especially in your own half. If you dwell on the ball in the Championship it’s too late.
“I think he’s got more strengths to his bow. He’s made us play a bit more, he’s got quite good vision and he’s been very good in the air for us as well so he’s growing into it.”
Grujic is physically exceptional and has technical ability to boot – but many Liverpool fans have written him off as a long-term option for our midfield due to the fact Jurgen Klopp’s used him beyond sparingly.
But if he keeps on doing the business on loan, a full pre-season could help him have a real shot at the first-team next season – when aged 22 – he’ll stop being regarded as a ‘youngster’.
We’d love to see Grujic make the grade. On paper, he’s got everything, but needs to develop his footballing intelligence, his defensive responsibility and his decision making. The Championship seems a perfect place for him to do that.