In an article earlier today where I reported that Sotirios Kyrgiakos has left Liverpool for Wolfsburg I mentioned at the end of it that rumours were starting to circulate that the Reds were eyeing a move for young Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates to replace him in the squad, and in the long term, replace Jamie Carragher in the team.
These rumours now seem to be growing stronger as a number of daily newspapers, among them The Daily Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/liverpool/8716883/Liverpool-manager-Kenny-Dalglish-targets-Uruguayan-Sebastian-Coates-after-Sotirios-Kyrgiakoss-departure.html and The Daily Mirror - http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/transfer-news/Liverpool-bid-10m-Uruguay-centre-back-Sebastian-Coates-also-target-Manchester-City-Juventus-Lazio-article789194.html are reporting that a deal could be in the works. While I, as I mentioned in my previous, usually ignore what's written in newspaper I have been hearing the Coates talk for a couple of days from a couple of generally reliable people who have both been spot on with all our transfer dealings this summer.
Coates would represent a fantastic signing for Liverpool in my view. Signing him would be solidifying the centre of the Liverpool defence for a decade or more. He has huge potential and could be the type of defender for Liverpool that Nemanja Vidic has become for Manchester United. For those who aren't familiar with him, allow me to give you a quick rundown on him.
Coates is a 20 year old defender of English and French descent who came through the same youth set up at Nacional that has produced many great players over the years, the most well known of them to Liverpool fans will of course be current Red, Luis Suarez.
He broke into the Nacional first team at the tender age of 18 and has been a virtual ever-present since. He played a key role in their capturing of the Primera Division Uruguaya last season and was rewarded for his performances with a call-up to the senior national team for this summer's Copa America. He played a key role in Uruguay victorious campaign which earned him great exposure as a defender with a very promising career ahead of him and also won him an individual award as the Young Player of the Tournament.
Coates is 6'5 and a dominant central defender who is rarely beaten in an aerial duel. People shouldn't read that and think he's something similar to Kyrgiakos though. Coates is quick, reads the game very well and is more than comfortable with the ball at his feet. He's also very brave and will put his head, and body where it hurts. He rarely is beaten one on one, and on the occasions where he does he has excellent recovering ability. He's a clean tackler but he will let a striker know he's around when need be. He reminds me quite a lot of Tony Adams in his play, and long-time fans of English football will remember just how good Adams was.
He's drawn comparisons to Germany's hugely promising young defender Mats Hummels and in this writers opinion he is the biggest challenger to Hummels as the best young defender in World Football. I have little doubt that in 3-4 years, Hummels and Coates will be seen as the two best central defenders in the world and I'd really have to toss a coin to decide who I think will be the better of the two.
Although the price of £10-12million is high, Coates is worth the money. Sign him now and you'll be saving 50% on what he'll be worth in a couple of seasons.