Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on a one year loan deal
The move was confirmed by both the clubs. Sunderland’s official website read: Defender Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
He becomes the Black Cat’s eighth signing of the summer.
Sebastian Coates was brought to Liverpool by Kenny Dalglish. He was hailed as a promising youngster and the Reds fought off competition from various clubs including Atletico Madrid for his signature. The Uruguayan also received the Best Young Player of the Copa America 2011. Recurring injuries have halted his progress and he has hardly featured for the Merseyside club in the previous two seasons (24 appearances, scoring two goals).
He featured regularly during the Reds’ pre-season fixtures and impressed with his solid, composed perfomance at the back. Rodgers was questioned by the reporters during the pre-season. He hailed the Uruguayan’s talent but said that the player could leave for more game-time, so that he is satisfied personally.
“He has done very well over pre-season. He’s a player that played in the team when I first came into the club. He played in some of the league and European games then was out of the team. He was very unfortunate to have a bad injury that put him out for a while. He’s done really, really well in pre-season. He’s a big boy, but he can play football – he has a lovely touch, lovely technique, can pass the ball and can be aggressive,” said the Liverpool boss at the time.
“He’s been at the club for a few years, so I think the question for Sebastian will be whether he is going to get enough games that will satisfy his own personal need, because he’s a talent – there’s no question about that. He’s a real good guy as well, a humble man, he never cries about not playing. He accepts as a professional that he’s not going to play in every game.
“But he has worked hard at training to get fit after his injury last season and he now looks fit. He has done well in the games and we’ll see what the rest of the summer holds.”
Liverpool confirmed the loan switch via Twitter
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 1, 2014
This move is a good one for all three parties. Coates would have clearly not made it into the starting 11 with the presence of Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel. He needs game-time to realize his potential, which has been seen in glimpses during his injury-hit spell at Liverpool. Sunderland need to strengthen the squad and ensure they don’t live dangerously this time. It will be interesting to see if the Uruguayan has a future with the Merseyside club next season.
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