Swansea City right-back Angel Rangel has expressed his surprise at former teammate Steven Caulker’s move to newly promoted rivals Cardiff City, reports Wales
Central defender Caulker spent the 2011/12 season on loan at Swansea, making 26 appearances. He then became a member of the first team at parent club Tottenham Hotspur last season, and he impressed for Andre Villas-Boas’ side, starting 17 Premier League games and scoring two goals.
Having emerged at Spurs last season, Caulker’s £8m move to the Cardiff City Stadium is slightly unexpected, having also had a spell at Cardiff’s arch rivals. The transfer is likely to guarantee the 21-year-old regular first-team football, however, with much of Cardiff’s backline lacking significant experience in the top-flight.
And while he says that Caulker would be a big success at Cardiff, Rangel believes that he should be at a big club aiming to qualify for the Champions League. He said: “Being an England international and playing for Spurs, with respect, you would expect him to go to a big club. He could play for Arsenal or these kind of teams.
“He’s gone to Cardiff for some reason, I didn’t expect it, but he knows he will probably be playing regularly, week-in, week-out.”
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