Sunderland’s Wes Brown believes Sebastian Coates will prove a shrewd addition to the squad, after seeing the fellow centre-back arrive at the transfer deadline on a season-long loan from Liverpool.
The 23-year-old Uruguayan has struggled to make his mark at Anfield since joining from boyhood club Nacional in August 2011 as part of a £7 million deal, appearing in just 12 Premier league games over the past three seasons, while battling several injuries in the process.
While he impressed during the club’s pre-season tour of the USA, the presence of new £20 million signing Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtl and Kolo Toure saw manager Brendan Rodgers opt to ship the 16-times capped international out to the Stadium of Light for the 2014-15 campaign, where first-team opportunities will be more plentiful.
Set to cover for the experienced first-choice pairing of Brown and club captain John O’Shea once match fit, the former Manchester United man believes his new teammate will prove an excellent fit in the north east, and expects him to be a valuable contributor over the course of the season.
‘We need someone in there 100 per cent,’ he told the Sunderland Echo.
‘He hasn’t trained much yet, but I’m sure he’ll fit in well.
‘You can probably class Santi [Vergini] as an option as well.
‘But we definitely needed someone in and I’m sure once he starts training, he’ll fit in tremendously.’
While Coates watched last weekend’s 2-2 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur from the stands, fellow South American loanee Ricky Alvarez, who also arrived on deadline day from Inter Milan, made his Premier League debut in the matchup, and Brown was impressed with what he saw from the Argentine midfielder.
‘He’s settled down well,’ he said. ‘He’s got great skill and I’m sure in a couple more games, he’ll show what he can do. He looks a very good player.’