Large sections of the English press have published reports of an imminent move for Atletico Madrid starlet Saul Niguez, who is currently on loan to La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano, to Liverpool. The reports state that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has held talks with Niguez’s father, with the transfer “only hinging on the price”. So, here’s a look at the player who is set to be the latest addition to Liverpool’s ranks.
1. Future Talent With Decent Experience
Niguez started his career with Atletico Madrid’s youth team, and following impressive performances, was given his debut for the senior team as a substitute in the Europa League against Besiktas in 2011-12 season. Even though he was on the bench on five more occasions, he did not make an appearance. However, he was given an opportunity to shine in the cup competitions mainly last season, making 2 substitute appearances each in the league and the cup, and 7 appearances including 2 starts in the Europa League. Niguez was loaned out to La Liga outfit Rayo Vallecano at the start of this season in a bid to give him more playing time.
Niguez has also represented the Spanish national team at various youth levels- U17, U19, U20 and U21- and was part of the team that won the 2012 European U19 Championships as well as a part of the U20 World Cup squad last year. In total, he has made 20 appearances for the national team, and has scored one goal and provided one assist in those matches.