In focus: Matias Suarez

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Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with a summer Anderlecht’s Argentinian striker Matias Suarez this week – but is he any good?


Arsene Wenger is having probably his most difficult season while in charge of the Gunners and many have said this will lead to a clear out at Emirates Stadium.


Whereas his counterpart at Anfield, Kenny Dalglish, has seen his side struggle to find the net regularly


Wenger has always been tight-lipped when talking about potential transfers but a report in The Telegraph earlier this week claimed that the Arsenal tactician could have a transfer kitty of up to £100million pounds.


The Metro have suggested £10million of this may be put aside to acquire the services of forward Suarez from the Belgian club in a bid to bring in some support (or possibly a replacement) for Robin van Persie.


Whether this will happen or not, GMF has decided to run the rule over Suarez and assess his suitability for the Premier League and specifically Arsenal or Liverpool.


The 23-year-old started his career for hometown club Belgrano from the city of Cordoba and quickly shot to prominence, becoming a regular and top scorer in his third season playing for the club.


It was this season that attracted the attention of Anderlecht and he moved to Belgium in the summer of 2008.


Suarez took time to settle in at the Jupiler Pro League club, but his career took off recently and he has scored 42 goals, as well as making 34 assists, so far.


He is a versatile striker and is able to play as either a winger or a central forward but adapts his game suitably when having to swap positions.


This adaptability is just the sort of thing Wenger looks for in his players, especially those deployed in attack, whereas at Liverpool he would most likely be deployed in a central role due to their wide mean plying a little deeper than those of the Gunners.


Suarez is extremely skilful and has the ability to dribble past defenders; this is down to his exceptional technique, which also gives him control over the ball in tight positions – another thing that is likely to attract Wenger.


Although not the quickest of strikers, the young Argentinian has decent pace and is very quick off the mark, which gives him an edge over opponents and makes him dangerous with the ball at his feet in the area.


The variety of goals he scores are another factor in what makes him such a promising player. Suarez can score from outside the box, he can beat two or three man and cutely finish over the goalkeeper or he can be in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball home.


Awareness is another big point in his game, in that he seems to be fully aware of where his team-mates are and provides nearly as many assists as he does score goals.


A common concern for players coming to the Premier League is whether they will be able to handle the physical nature of the competition, but that should not be a concern when Suarez is concerned.


He is able to play effectively with his back to goal and I strong on the ball, although his athleticism means he has a knack for twisting out of challenges.


If there is a concern over Suarez, it is that he does enjoy the ball at his feet and can be prone to overplaying it when he doesn’t need to – many may claim that this alone makes him suitable for a place in the Arsenal side.


The exciting young player has the ability to play in a number of positions and, as long as he does not let the occasional appearance of disinterest get the better of him, he can become a very good player.


While he has some pedigree by being the current top scorer in the Europa League, he is largely unproven at a higher level and it is difficult to say definitively whether he has what it takes but there is a huge amount of promise in him.


Matias Suarez is most definitely worth a gamble.

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