Liverpool Transfer News: Sebastian Coates in for a Rough Transition
Despite the fact it seems like he’s been on the club for a while now, Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates didn’t actually complete his transfer to Liverpool until Tuesday.
The fee, according to Goal.com, is believed to be “around £7 million.” Regardless of the fee, Liverpool are undoubtedly happy to have Coates on board. However, it sounds like the club would not have been able to sign him were it not for Luis Suarez.
As Coates tells the story, Suarez did a great job of selling his young countryman on the qualities of both the Reds and their fans. In addition, Coates says that he was drawn to the idea of playing alongside Suarez.
"To come to such a big club alongside a fellow countryman is very important for me. I know Luis will help me settle in, we have the same cultures and customs so having him around will help me a lot,” said the 20-year-old Coates.
Well, it’s good to know that Suarez is going to make Coates’ move that much easier. But when it comes to what goes on down on the pitch, Coates is going to be on his own.
Rest assured, as talented as Coates is, he’s going to go through some growing pains in the early portion of his Reds career. The primary reason for this is a simple matter of how he is going to see more rigorous competition on a more consistent basis. He has the knowledge and a feel for the game to keep up, but he’s certainly going to be tested.
If you’re an optimist, you will say that such concerns are totally unfounded. In fact, we always tend to doubt young South Americans who come over to the Premier League, and not all of them fail miserably.
This is true, and that’s precisely why Coates should not be expected to fail miserably. But in order to avoid that fate, he will have to learn what he can on the fly, and that is going to be easier said than done seeing as how he will have a target hanging over his head every time he strolls onto the pitch.
It’s a good thing Coates will have Suarez to pick him up every time he’s down. Otherwise, we might just be talking about a miserable failure a couple years down the road.
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