Sebastian Coates: Three things you might not know about Sunderland’s latest recruit

BLACK CAT ... Sebastian Coates.
BLACK CAT ... Sebastian Coates.

SEBASTIAN Coates completed a season-long loan move from Liverpool to Sunderland on transfer deadline day.

But who is the Uruguayan defender? Here, we look at three things you might not know about the 23-year-old.

1. National glory

Coates came to prominence in 2011 when he was a key part of the Uruguay team which won the Copa America.

It was their first victory in the tournament since 1995, with Coates lining up alongside the likes of Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan.

Coates’s strong showings in the competition – he was named the best young player in the tournament – earned him a move to Liverpool, with the defender costing around £7m.

2. Wonder goal

Coates struggled to hold down a regular place in Liverpool’s starting line-up in his first season at the club.

However, he provided Reds fans with something to remember him by when he scored a stunning goal against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

A magnificent scissors kick from the edge of the box flew into the top corner, with the strike a real goal of the season contender.

3. Injury woe

Coates was expected to be loaned out last season, but suffered a bad knee injury in August 2013.

It kept the defender out of action for much of the campaign, and Liverpool loaned him back to his former club, Nacional, for the second half of the season.

He regained fitness just before the end of it, and was handed a place in Uruguay’s World Cup squad.