Young Liverpool midfielder Suso has agreed to join UD Almeria on a season long loan deal, as the talented Spaniard looks for a season of first-team football.
Suso, who plays predominantly on the left hand side of an attacking midfield trio, found first-team opportunities difficult to come by at Anfield last season, particularly after the January acquisitions of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
The young Spaniard was however given a number a run of matches at the start of the season as Brendan Rodgers looked to inject an element of youth into the Liverpool side and Suso impressed significantly.
The 19-year-old put in an eye-catching attacking performance in his league debut as a second half substitute against Manchester United, looking sharp when pressing and illustrating his technical ability when in possession.
Whilst Suso impressed in these early opportunities it was clear he was not yet ready to handle being a Liverpool first-teamer on a regular basis and this is exactly why a loan move back to Spain is coming at as exactly the right time. We have seen that Suso has all the talent necessary to make it at Anfield, we saw that just from his confident performances as a 19-year-old in the Premier League however a season playing week-in week-out in a challenging league will do his temperament and football brain the world of good.
The general consensus amongst Liverpool supporters is that the move to Almeria will suit Suso's development as a talented, quick attacking player far more than a loan move within England with very few sides playing at a tempo that would suit Suso.
In Spain the game focuses far more on short passing and the development of technical skills with less of a focal point being on physical strength, this was one of the areas where Suso came up short last year and whilst he will have to 'beef up' if you will in the future, now it is not the most important thing.
Furthermore, it is also quite the signing for Almeria who having just been promoted from the Segunda Division courtesy of a third placed finish, are certainly looking at players who will increase the quality of his squad and will help them avoid relegation at the first opportunity.
With Almeria lacking any real quality in the wider areas of the attacking third, the addition of Suso will give newly promoted coach Francisco Rodriguez a new option to his side's play.
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