Sunderland‘s resolution to promote Sebastian Coates seems to be to have massively backfired, because the centre-back is now an everyday within the Champions League and might be set to star on the World Cup in Qatar.
The Uruguay worldwide was signed from Liverpool in 2015 in a deal value £2m, after spending the season on mortgage, however he would wrestle for normal first-team minutes throughout his time on the Stadium of Mild, making simply 32 appearances for the Black Cats throughout two seasons.
He was loaned to Sporting Lisbon in January 2016 and made his transfer everlasting in February 2017, becoming a member of in a deal value round €5m (£4.3m) because the Mackems had been later relegated that very same yr.
Coates has been a mainstay with the Portuguese Liga facet within the 5 years since, making 297 appearances in all competitions, contributing 28 targets and 13 assists in that point.
Now 32, the centre-back boasts an enormous quantity of expertise in European competitors and was an everyday once more for Ruben Amorim’s facet within the Champions League this season, making five appearances within the group stage.
Did Coates deserves extra possibilities at SAFC?
Whereas Sunderland followers maybe gained’t have taken too many alternatives to see how far their former defender has come since his Stadium of Mild exit 5 years in the past, the World Cup represents a great alternative.
Coates has 47 caps to his identify already and might be set for an everyday beginning spot in Uruguay’s defence in Qatar, as they put together to face Portugal, South Korea and Ghana in Group H.
An injury suffered by fellow centre-back Ronald Araujo within the build-up to the World Cup additionally means that he might be a starter alongside Jose Gimenez in Diego Alonso’s defence, because the Barcelona man is unlikely to be absolutely match.
After a brace within the Champions League final season, former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher labelled Coates as “big and powerful” on CBS Sports activities, and whereas Sunderland followers didn’t witness an excessive amount of of that in his time in England, the Black Cats maybe ought to have given him extra of an opportunity.
Certainly, he has developed into a really strong defender.