|Taken from The Kopite 5|
He was bought from Cadiz as a 15-year old, and turned down his boyhood club Real Madrid and Catalonian giants Barcelona to join Liverpool.
He was also quoted saying, “I always liked the Barclays Premier League more than La Liga.”
His former youth coach at Cadiz, Quique Gonzalez said he has “great quality, a good shot – his vision is great and his passing is outstanding.”
He is seen as a real talent in Spain and was part of the Spain Under-19 squad that snatched another European Championships this summer, with a 1-0 win over Greece on Sunday night.
This means Spain are currently Under-17, Under-19, Under-21 and senior level champions.
This could be his breakthrough season at Liverpool as Suso would appear just the sort of player that Brendan Rodgers will be looking to put into his Liverpool squad, as Rodgers’ philosophy is similar to the style Vicente del Bosque has set Spain up to play and has been extremely successful.
But many young creative players often struggle to adapt to the English game if they don’t physically get stronger.
He has also become a worry to the coaches at Liverpool. “He needs to know about the discipline and work that’s required in a team, like tracking back, tackling and staying with runners,” said former Liverpool reserve team boss John McMahon.
However Suso’s flair will make him a massive star in the future and he is one of my favourite young players at the moment and a player to watch.
Suso in the European Championships U19 (via @empireofthekopTV).
Gerard Deulofeu along with Suso, was one of the best players of the tournament. Deulofeu scored two goals in the tournament, both of them coming in the semifinal against France.
Deulofeu had the second-most shots on goal throughout the European championships. Deulofeu’s pace, dribbling and shots were key to him being one of the standout players of the tournament.
|Taken from Barca Blog|
One of the most exciting prospects of the La Masia, Barcelona’s youth academy, which is one of the world’s most prestigious and successful football academies to those that don’t know it, is arguably the best in the world along with the Ajax academy which has produced the likes of Bergkamp and Cruyff.
Deulofeu has already sat on the bench at Barca and he is tipped to be the next big thing to come out of the academy, and have a great future in the game. The winger is also said to be the new Santi Cazorla.
Deulofeu was brilliant last season in the Spanish Segunda División for Barcelona B, starting 19 games scoring 9 goals in 32 games.
He made his Barcelona first-team debut, in a 1–4 pre season loss against CD Guadalajara and then against Club América, as he beautifully set up Seydou Keita in the 90th minute capping off a 2–0 win.
Then he made his first official appearance with the senior team, replacing David Villa in the 63rd minute of a 5–0 home win against RCD Mallorca making that his first La Liga appearance.
Deulofeu played part in a 4-0 thrashing of Bate Borisov in Group H of the UCL on Tuesday the 6th of December 2011 and he lit up Camp Nou with some sublime skills as a team full of youngsters showed the future is bright for Barcelona.
This is a video of Deulofeu in action: