One of most skilful players in England has been left out of 40-man shortlist, but he does not play for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United… but Liverpool.
The nominations are in for the 2013 UEFA Team of the Year and fans can vote on their formation on the official website for the governing body of football in Europe, however, UEFA may well have omitted one of the stars of the current season in England and the whole of the continent.
In terms of attacking efficiency, Here Is The City and sub-editor Alan Dawson have written extensively over how the forward must be brought up in conversation when discussing the goal-scoring abilities of consensus top two players in world football: Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as his minutes per goals/assists statistic is directly comparable to the Real Madrid and Barcelona stand-outs.
See more on how he is statistically comparable here and how just a matter of weeks ago he was an even more reliable goal-scorer and creator than Ronaldo and Messi here.
However, despite his 30-goal return from 44 appearances in all competitions last season and forget about his nine goal and one assist (ten) haul in 719 minutes (one goal or assist every 71 minutes) in the Premier League this campaign… as, apparently, that is not good enough.
Yes, Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez, that striking talent who has consistently been awe-inspiring this season… that forward who is joint second in the division's top scorers in the current campaign despite missing the first six games due to suspension, is not available for selection in the nominations for 2013 UEFA Team of the Year.
Is this omission correct?
Here are the players who have been chosen ahead of Suarez…
Sergio Aguero, Edinson Cavani, Diego Costa, Radamel Falcao, Robert Lewandowski, Mario Mandzukic, Jackson Martinez, Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robin van Persie.
Suarez was subject to a brace of bids over the summer as Arsenal failed in their pursuit of the Uruguayan. Their final offer was £40m+1, however, he has since added multiple millions to his valuation due to his incredible run this season, leaving commentators wondering just how much he could fetch if he were available on the market.
According to transfermarkt.co.uk, he is priced at £37m, however, it is unlikely he would be allowed to leave Anfield for anything less than £60m, perhaps going for even as high as £80m.
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