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Etuhu confident of Premier push

Loan signing Kelvin Etuhu impressed on his Cardiff City debut
Loan signing Kelvin Etuhu impressed on his Cardiff City debut

Kelvin Etuhu believes Cardiff City can mount a realistic Premier League push as the Championship leaders continued their unbeaten start to the season.

The Bluebirds new boy impressed in their 3-1 Carling Cup win over Bristol Rovers on Wednesday, extending their 100% record at their new £50m home.

"Cardiff have, without doubt, everything in place to make the Premier League," Etuhu said.

"We just have to maintain the good run that we're having."

Cardiff suffered play-off disappointment at the end of last term despite being in the top-six for virtually all of the campaign.

Dave Jones' men suffered a 1-0 final day defeat at Sheffield Wednesday to miss out on a play-off place in the last 15 minutes of a once promising season.

The manager promised his side would recover and Cardiff have started the season in emphatic fashion.

The unbeaten Bluebirds have won five of their first six games - scoring 17 goals in the process.

Michael Chopra, who scored his eighth goal in six games in Wednesday's 3-1 Carling Cup second-round win over Rovers, is the Championship's top scorer and the Bluebirds have conceded just twice in the league.

And goals from Chopra, Peter Whittingham and teenage striker Josh Magennis ensured Cardiff will be in the third-round draw when the Premier League clubs enter the Carling Cup.

Striker Etuhu, a season-long loan signing from Manchester City, impressed in his first start for his new club against Rovers.


The 21-year-old played a major part in Chopra's opener and boss Jones praised his performance.

But it was Etuhu who was impressed with the work ethic and togetherness of his new team-mates and he insisted: "I can definitely see us competing at the top.

"We have the quality, the coaching staff and the fans to get to the Premier League.

"I have only been here a few days but I feel part of the family already and I will give my all to be a part of something great at Cardiff."

Etuhu was a graduate of the renowned Manchester City youth academy and follows Shaun Wright Phillips, Micah Richards and Stephen Ireland off the Eastlands production line.

Manager Mark Hughes has overseen a big-spending revolution as Manchester City bid to break into the Premier League top four.

That has seen the high-profile striking arrivals of Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor, and Etuhu concedes that his future may lay elsewhere.

"It was hard leaving Man City as I've got a lot of friends there but sometimes you have to move on and realise your future is somewhere else," Etuhu admitted.

"I consider myself a Cardiff player now, at least for this season, and that is what I'm focusing on.

"I'm coming into a team of hard workers and a team full of good individual players who work hard for each other - and with this unbeaten start the team spirit is sky high.

"I really enjoyed our work-rate and the way in which the team played a lot of football, it was a joy to be a part of.

"All that was missing for me was a goal on my full home debut. I tried hard but sometimes you can't get everything you want."

His manager Jones praised the new boy, saying: "Kelvin slotted in nicely and with a bit more luck and bit more game time he would have put one of his chances away."

Etuhu, though, hailed £4m summer signing Chopra, as a "brilliant goal-scorer".

"He is a threat every time he has the ball," said Etuhu.

"He always gets in the right positions and looks like he will score."

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