Two games in four days can take its toll on any footballer. Not, it seems, for Liverpool’s hot prospect Suso, and it won’t be long until the youngster will be demanding first-team football on a regular basis.
Alongside Raheem Sterling, Suso led Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup charge two years ago, and the defensive midfielder – who also boasts strong wing play – is doing everything in his nature to ensure manager Brendan Rodgers gives him the nod.
Suso first caught the eye of many this season during Liverpool’s Europa League encounter with BSC Young Boys on Thursday. With Rodgers fielding a side primarily constructed of youngsters, this was Suso’s time to shine, and he did. There was a certain aura around him when the ball was at his feet, and when taking on defenders on countless occasions, fans made no hesitation in letting him know they approved.
Not shy of confidence, his flair and determination on the ball matches his skill and work rate, and what he may for now lack in matchday experience will be corrected over time.
Jesus Fernando Saez, or Suso for short, rejected interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid before his transfer to Liverpool from hometown club Cadiz in 2010. Part of the Under-19 Spanish side who recently won the European Championships, his invitation to Liverpool’s pre-season tour of USA could earmark the start of a flourishing career for the Spanish starlet. On his 17th birthday, he signed a professional contract with Liverpool, before making his senior debut against Young Boys last Thursday, aged 18.
As Premier League debuts go, to make his in Sunday’s match against Manchester United is some way to begin. Replacing Fabio Borini at half-time, Suso successfully made 22 passes, and can take many positives from the 2-1 defeat against their rivals.
His deep-lying playmaking abilities has an air of Xabi Alonso about him, whilst his confident play on the flanks, as well as his ability to cut in-field before, if desired, unleashing a rasping left-footed shot on goal, shows he can definitely cut it in the Liverpool set-up.
The only thing in Suso’s way is the sheer volume of midfielders at the club. Whilst there may be a shortage of strikers, there are more than enough capable of playing in the middle of the park, and Suso must fend off the challenges of a barrage of team-mates if he is to earn a full Premier League debut for Rodgers’ side.
Schooled ‘the Spanish way’, Suso’s pass-and-move play will please Rodgers, and will be a good addition to the Premier League, renowned for its fast tempo. Though he may find it hard breaking into the central midfield positions just yet, time devoted on the wings could be his ticket to further first-team football, and though for now perhaps deemed a hot prospect, it won’t be long until Suso becomes a household Premier League name.
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