Uruguayan youngster Sebastian Coates has signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan from Liverpool, it has been confirmed.
Coates has not featured in the first-team line-up at Anfield under manager Brendan Rodgers since 2013 and with Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure andMartin Skrtel being the defensive options, Coates most definitely would have had very limited opportunities.
Dubbed Best Young Defender in 2011
Signed by the Merseyside outfit back in 2011 by then manager, Kenny Daglish, Coates was dubbed to be one of the best young defenders in the world but with only 12 Premier League appearances in three years, the youngster had to look for more playing time elsewhere.
The 23-year-old could have been joined by Liverpool striker, Fabio Borini at the Stadium of Light after impressing last season while on-loan, but a late £10 million bid from QPR meant the London club clinching Borini ahead of Sunderland.
2013-14 season saw Coates sidelined due to a knee injury and later was loaned to Nacional during the second half of the season. Nacional spell helped Coates make the 23-member squad for Uruguay in the World Cup 2014.
Poyet’s second choice
Manager Gus Poyet was initially wanting to sign Micah Richards from Manchester City but with the Englishman preferring a move to Fiorentina instead, Poyet asked the club to push for Coates.
The acquisition of Coates would bring youth at the heart of defence with former Red Devils John O’Shea and Wes Brown being first choice.
Make-or-break move for Coates
Coates won the Best Young Player award in Copa America in 2011 and the move to Sunderland would benefit the player as well as the clubs involved.
Sunderland would provide him with more playing time than Liverpool and if Coates impresses,he could be back in the plans of Rodgers next season.