When Callum Paterson netted Cardiff City’s third goal in a 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday night, he ended a goalscoring drought.
A drought that hadn’t seen him net a Bluebirds league goal since scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Southampton in December 2018, when Cardiff were still a Premier League outfit.
But with the Scotland squad to play Russia and San Marino having been announced, Steve Clarke has opted not to select the former Hearts youth academy graduate. The London-born 24-year-old could be the answer to Scotland’s prayers, particularly up front.
Paterson proves a pest
After all, whilst Cardiff were relegated after a short stint in England’s top tier, Paterson proved he could be a handful for some of England’s elite. Most notably, Paterson scored a Cardiff consolation at Anfield in a 4-1 defeat for Neil Warnock’s side.
A defeat to the eventual Premier League runners-up, having gathered an astonishing 97 points, and later champions of Europe. The season City were promoted, he netted double figures in the Championship. Not bad for someone previously used as a right-back at Hearts.
Versatility cannot be underestimated
But the best trait he possesses is his versatility. Paterson has proved he’s got the credentials up front. He’s a genuine athlete. Tall, strong, he’s not slow and can score goals. Even if not in the squad to start as a striker or number 10, he’s a tremendous player to bring off the bench.
Right back may not be his allocated position any more but he would fill in there if need be. And he’s the ideal physical specimen to bring on in an attacking position with the qualities and attributes previously mentioned.
Eggs all in one basket
It’s also fair to say that Scotland qualifying campaign is essentially over. The Tartan Army’s Euro 2020 fate rests on their playoff against Bulgaria most likely.
The rest of the campaign, San Marino particularly, is the perfect time to experiment and bring in some young blood in order to have them more prepared for our next qualifying campaign, World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Having grabbed a goal recently, Paterson may be getting back into the swing of things in the Welsh capital. When he’s at full fitness, don’t be surprised to see him net another 10 goals for Cardiff in the Championship this season.
Hopefully he can score for Scotland soon too, if given the chance.