How 2017 signing has evolved under Gerrard

How 2017 signing has evolved under Gerrard

If there’s been a player slightly left in the shadows this season, it’s been last campaign’s Rangers POTY Daniel Candeias.

Following the horrendous Pedro Caixinha reign, the Portuguese winger, along with Colombian Alfredo Morelos, was the only signing last summer, other than the now-departed Declan John, to be any kind of a success.

And in all fairness, he was a very big success – a quiet, understated type of chap, this speedy winger might not quite have hit the heights of Laudrup in his prime, but in winning the club award for best player, certainly showed that he’d been a major standout and a good signing to say the least.

Eight goals and an excellent 13 assists (among the highest in the SPL) in 45 appearances showed the ex-Benfica man’s value, and his humility and low-key profile made him eminently likeable, and a pre-season video from Malaga between he and Morelos gave a very poignant insight into his technical class.

While the Colombian appeared to struggle with the ball during their playful kickabout, Candeias demonstrated a touch, flick, control and general technical ability which is harder to see on match day when he’s running at up to 25MPH, but it shed new light on the kind of quality he possesses. It was distinctly impressive, and for those who haven’t seen it, try to check it out on RTV.

However, it is a new era – Caixinha has gone, Murty is back to the youths, and Candeias signed a new deal to extend his time in Govan – but has not been the firm first-team starter under new manager Steven Gerrard that he was under the previous two – and has just got on with it.

His demeanour hasn’t changed – no strops or apparent poor attitude or workrate now that he doesn’t seem to quite be a guaranteed starter – he has just got on with playing his game as and when required and giving everything when he’s on the pitch.

Benched for three of the five SPL matches so far, and only lasting the full 90 minutes of two matches (both UEL), Candeias has seen his game time more restricted, and much more defensive too. His assists and goals are unfortunately both at zero at the moment, but the season is young.

But the fact he hasn’t been in the press, hasn’t said a word, and has just got on with his game and letting whatever will be, be, we have to hand it to him and appreciate the good that he does.

Yes, his stats this campaign haven’t quite got going yet, and maybe he has lost a little form in terms of effectiveness, but he’s still an excellent option for Steven Gerrard to rely on and the boss knows this guy won’t let him down.

When you have squad depth like Candeias to call on, it’s only a good thing.

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  1. Candeis is under-appreciated, i.m.o. His good work undermined, by the fact that he just quietly and professionally goes about his job. I seen him put some lovely crosses in to the box, last season and half the time, nobody was running up into the box, to head it in. His work rate is great. You could never accuse him of being lazy.

    • Puting balls into the box can be as ‘lovely’ you like but when no one is there its piss poor play. Finding a man with a cross or a pass is pretty fundamental. Works hard but quality just not there.

    • The wingers job is to fire dangerous balls into dangerous areas. It's the strikers job to be there when he does. That's what is pretty fundamental.

  2. To answer the question ? No.

    Candeias works hard enough but it shouldn’t be enough for a starting place in an attacking area. He is pretty one paced and doesn’t do enough with the ball. His qualities are all about graft and tracking back. Going forward he offers little. We got to get better in the side right area, a real goal threat with pace. I suspect Grezda will be that man when fit. Thankfully.

  3. Should be our First Choice RW/RM!

    Absolute Diamond of a Player
    Keeps his Head Down, Doesnt Complain and works Hard.

    Would like to see him get some more action in the next few games.

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