Since taking over at Cardiff City, Neil Harris certainly appears to have his favourites.

The Bluebirds boss has regularly called upon some players, while others have been left warming the bench or consigned to Under-23s football.

There are also some star names who have struggled for game time since Harris' arrival and, with the end of the January transfer window looming, will have a big point to prove.

Here, we look at Harris' trusted charges, the stars who must do more and the ones out of the reckoning.

The regulars

The likes Marlon Pack, Curtis Nelson, Lee Tomlin and Leandro Bacuna have all been mainstays since the new manager's arrival.

Tomlin has certainly caught the eye under Harris with a huge upturn in fortunes, as he struggled to nail down a permanent spot in the lineup under Neil Warnock, but now he is a key player for the Bluebirds, contributing with five goals and six assists and adding more creativity to the attack.

Other players such as Neil Etheridge and Aden Flint have played the majority of the games under Harris, but have recently been omitted, having been replaced by Alex Smithies and Sean Morrison respectively.

Flint has struggled to gain the approval of some Cardiff fans, but he is a player that Harris has spoken highly of at times and has favoured for many of the games that he has been in charge of. Lest we forget he also cost £6m last summer.

Joe Bennett, Lee Peltier, Junior Hoilett and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing are players that have been injured recently, the latter suffered a long-term injury against Sheffield Wednesday.

However, when fit these players have been regulars under Harris, as shown by the number of minutes that they have played.

Curtis Nelson has enjoyed an excellent run in the team under Harris

Stars desperate for more minutes

The players listed below, meanwhile, have been used far less than the regulars, especially Josh Murphy, Callum Paterson and Will Vaulks, who have been on the fringes for the majority of the season. These are the players that will have a point to prove to Harris.

Murphy is a player who, when at his best, has the potential to be one of the best wingers in the Championship, but some Cardiff fans feel he is a player that doesn't work hard enough when selected.

He has been used sparingly under Harris, who has seemingly nailed down Mendez-Laing and Hoilett as first choice when both are fit.

There are the exceptions of Jazz Richards, Robert Glatzel and Sean Morrison, all of whom were injured when Harris took over and only recently came back from time on the sidelines.

Morrison is the club captain and has recently come back into the starting lineup, so we are likely to see his amount of minutes increase over the season.

Richards' Cardiff career has been blighted by injuries, but he has been thrust into the team recently and has looked comfortable, apart from the QPR game in which he was tore apart.

As seen in the last couple of games, Harris has preferred Smithies to Etheridge and the former has impressed, especially against Birmingham where he kept City in the game.

The injury-hit duo

The two players listed below have missed many games through injury, which explains their lack of minutes, although they remain very important players.

Sol Bamba has been recovering from the ruptured ACL that he suffered last season, so he has been easing back into the first-team and hasn't become a regular yet.

On his day, Bamba is a huge influence for Cardiff and he has been a leader over the past few seasons. He could be crucial for the Bluebirds if he returns to his best, especially as the City defence have conceded so many goals this season.

Joe Ralls is another player who is crucial for Cardiff. He was having a very good season until his injury, which has forced him to sit out the majority of the games under Harris.

He played against Carlisle in the FA Cup replay, so we should see more of Ralls very soon.

We are likely to see more of Joe Ralls now he has returned from injury

The outcasts

There are some players in the squad who have hardly featured or haven't played at all under Harris.

Omar Bogle seemed like a player who could chip in with a few goals this season, however he has struggled to be clinical when afforded the chances. Harris will likely be looking to offload him as he has mentioned on many occasions that this squad is too big.

Joe Day has been third-choice keeper for the whole season and featured in the league only once, in the first game of the season.

Harris will likely let one of the three senior goalkeepers leave this month as they need game time under belts. If Etheridge isn't the man to go, with West Ham now appearing to have dropped their interest, Day will be the player who is most likely to depart - if only on loan.

The one exception on this list is Isaac Vassell, who has a long-term injury and is likely to be out for another couple of months.

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