With today’s breaking story that Portuguese winger Daniel Candeias is within touching distance of a move to Turkey, the only surprise is that it would be a surprise to anyone.
While few admitted he was likely to leave, Daniel Candeias has not been a Steven Gerrard favourite by a long shot. And his axe from the UEL squad, as we suggested, was simply a sign Gerrard doesn’t fancy him.
You do NOT sign a pile of wingers if you’re happy with any of those you currently have, and Stevie clearly wasn’t happy with the Murphies, Candeiases, Middletons and Grezdas that he could ‘boast’ of, and made wings a priority from the word go.
Bringing in Jones, Kent, Hastie, Ojo, and even shifting Scott Arfield out wide into Candeias’ position was the death knell for the Pedro signing, and the final nail was in the coffin when he was excluded from the squad to face St Joseph’s. A squad, we hasten to add, which included Scott Arfield who couldn’t even travel to Gibraltar, and Andy Firth, who was completely redundant.
No, this is no shock at all, and Candeias, for right or wrong, is a victim of Stevie’s ruthless overhaul of the club.
If his staggering performance against Marseille couldn’t persuade Gerrard to like and keep Candy, nothing will.
We only hope we can get good money for the guy.