DANILO – THE BLACK SHEEP AMONG WOLVES

Once in a while as a football fan, you get to meet players who leave you with the question: “why are their clubs keeping them?”

You see players who serve nothing more than injury time substitutions mostly for time wasting purposes and given a little stretch, cup appearances which enable important players conserve energy for the matches that count.

Seeing such players however on your starting lineup with you needing to win your all two remaining matches do sink hearts, raise pulses of they with little faith and generally leave spectators at literarily the edge of their seats for 90 minutes. That is Danilo for Real Madrid fans.

Los Blancos poached the Brazilian from Porto in an attempt to have a Dani Alves of their own. Instead they got a €31 million right back who struggles to deputize for first choice Dani Carvajal; a player who always look out of place each time the Spaniard’s injury give him space to start.

Add in the litany of errors he’s made and you’re left to call for the head of the scout who recommended him. It's one of the reasons's why he is odds-on to leave the club in the summer according to William Hill - home of sports betting online.

The first stop at Danilo’s case is that when you get on the pay roll of a club like Real Madrid, below-the-standard performances are the last thing the Santiago faithfuls want to see from you. It doesn’t matter if you hardly have playing time to get your form-juice flowing nor if you just came back from an injury. They don’t want to hear it.

The Brazilian’s latest error which gifted Sevilla the chance to rain on Madrid’s parade may not have been in the end as costly as his own goal in January against Celta Vigo which got them eliminated from the Copa del Rey. However, it served as another reminder that Danilo is and remains a lost sheep living among Santiago wolfs.