Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre, or to save on the syllables – Suso; a promising young Spanish attacking midfielder who can also play on either wing. He has recently joined newly promoted Spanish side UD Almería on a season-long loan from Liverpool. He started his youth career with Cádiz CF at the age of 12, he worked up the ranks and impressed critics enough that Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid wanted to sign the young local star. However after receiving a phone call from a certain Mr Benítez he chose to reject both Barcelona and Real Madrid in favour of joining English side Liverpool. He initially joined Liverpool on a loan but on his 17th birthday his transfer to the Reds was made permanent. In the summer of 2010 he was part of the team that played German club Borussia Mönchengladbach in a pre-season friendly.
During the 2010/11 season Suso featured in 17 reserve team games, totalling three goals. This was then matched the following season as the Spaniard went on to play in 17 reserve team games in the 2011/12 season however this time totalling 5 goals and showing some improvement. In the summer of 2012 Suso started making a name for himself after he stared in the U19’s European Championships for Spain which resulted in a winners medal. When he returned to Liverpool he was involved in pre-season first team and played his first match for the club’s senior squad against BSC Young Boys, which ended up as a 5-3 win for Liverpool. He made his Premier League début 3 days later against Manchester United in a 2–1 defeat at Anfield, replacing the injured Fabio Borini at half time. He performed impressively, completing all his passes despite Liverpool being a man down.
He then played in the next game against West Bromwich Albion six days later in the League Cup, coming on with 10 minutes to play and making an immediate impact by helping set up Nuri Şahin’s second goal in a 2–1 win. He went on to make his first Premier League start on 29 September in a 5–2 win at Norwich City, where he assisted Luis Suárez’s third goal.
Check out Suso’s fantastic performance in that game here:
Suso’s strongest position appears to be behind the front line, he can use his fine dribbling ability, close control and clinical passing to weave around midfielders, defenders and provide a killer pass that could lead to potential goal-scoring opportunities. He also has been capable of using his assets to play along either wing (see linked video above).
Suso is a typical modern Spanish footballer; he is a concise and technical player, a hard-worker and a valuable asset for Liverpool, which is something he should also be able to prove to the Almería fans this upcoming season. Having already gained experience with Spanish sides up to the U19s, he is already very comfortable playing in Liverpool’s Spanish-inspired tika-taka style of football.
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