A part of my series on the best young players to watch at the various clubs in the Premier League this season one of the teams I gave particular focus on was Liverpool FC. After a slog of scouring through the reserves and youth teams as well as the fringes of the squad I made a final five of Wilson, Ibe, Sterling, Pacheco and Coates. The player I placed in 6th however was a young man by the name of Jesus Fernandez Saez; better known as ‘Suso’.
It has been made abundantly clear to me, rather politely in fact, by the Liverpool faithful that this was an oversight on my part and I'm not so proud to deny maybe I got it wrong. So I thought it only right to give the talented Spaniard a write-up all for himself as compensation. Here are his major statistics.
1. Suso started his career at Andalucian side Cadiz as a boy and caught the eye of the first team as early an age as 15 with his trickery and dribbling ability
2. One of the last Spanish youngsters along with Antonio Barragan, Dani Pacheco, Daniel Ayala and the tragically late Miki Roque to arrive at Anfield during the Rafa Benitez era the talented attacking midfield player turned down Real Madrid to join the impressive youth system at Liverpool in 2010.
3. He has been compared to Spanish stars Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas because of his style of play especially for his ever growing eye for a pass.
4. Discovered by former Barcelona youth coach and scout Pep Segura the current Academy Technical Manager at Liverpool gives credence to the links with the Catalan stars. With Rafa Benitez earmarking him for future success the world is the young Spaniard's oyster.
5. Suso has represented his Spanish national side at various age groups from under 17 level all the way to under 19 level. This summer he was a major part of Spain’s under 19 European Championship triumph in Estonia, playing every game and gaining many a critic’s plaudit.
Brendan Rodgers has hailed the contribution of his young players during pre-season and Suso is just one of those names. Despite only being 18, his style of play and composure on the ball may suit Rodgers’s gameplan so undoubtedly he has a chance of making an impact this season along with many other quality youngsters at Anfield.
Here is a video of ‘Suso’ in action at the European Under-19 Championships in Estonia this summer.
What are your hopes for Suso this season and any other youngsters at Anfield?
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