Last night, Olympique de Marseille surprised everyone by announcing the arrival of Luis Suarez shortly before midnight. Already followed by the Phocaeans in 2020, the Colombian striker had not however been linked to the Olympians this summer. No rumors had circulated about him. Pablo Longoria and his teams therefore conducted the negotiations in the most total discretion before formalizing the news on Tuesday evening. “Olympique de Marseille and Granada CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of Colombian striker Luis Suárez. The player has been authorized to travel to Marseille for his medical examination in the next few hours.could we read on the press release published on Twitter.
A tweet which also provoked a strong reaction from Marseille supporters, who immediately understood that it was not the Uruguayan striker who passed through Liverpool, FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid, but its perfect namesake. Despite everything, his arrival in the Marseille city could be very interesting for the team from the south of France. Last season, the striker found the net 8 times with Granada. He also delivered 4 assists in 38 appearances in all competitions, including 34 as a starter. The previous season, in 2020-21, he finished with a record of 7 goals and 1 assist in 37 matches in all competitions.
A player with an atypical background
Before that, he had a great season with Zaragoza in the Spanish second division, where he was on loan from Watford, having finished the 2019/2020 financial year with 16 goals and 6 assists in 38 games. Like many players belonging to the Hornets, the attacker had multiplied loans at the time. Before joining Watford, it was already Granada, a satellite club of Londoners until recently, who had gone to look for him in the country, at the Leones of Itagui, before the English grabbed hold of it in 2017, when he only contented himself with meetings with the Andalusian reserve team.
This was followed by loans with the Valladolid B team, from Gimnastic de Tarragona until his arrival in Zaragoza in the summer of 2019. The opportunity to evolve within a team built to play the rise in La Liga, and the step was clearly not too high for him. This had also put several solid stables on the Old Continent on alert at that time. Lazio, Valencia, Atlético de Madrid, Granada and OM had looked into his case. But in the end, Luis Suarez returned to Granada. A first missed meeting with the Marseille club, which has not forgotten it.
The profile to please the people of Marseille
On paper, the profile seems to match what Igor Tudor can ask for, and the type of striker who can succeed in Ligue 1. We are talking about a versatile attacking player, capable of occupying the forefront of the attack at he alone likes to play more on one side or behind, in addition to another striker. Unlike his namesake, Luis Suarez is a player whose physical qualities are far above normal. Power, acceleration and lethal thrust; enough to make differences easily in a championship like the Liga Smartbank yet known to be quite complicated for attackers. “He plays well in spaces and he is very vertical, fast, powerful and strong, which allows him to win many duels”confirms Javier Marinwhich follows the news of Zaragoza for the newspaper AS.
And that’s not all, since he is also a player who gives himself a lot, who goes to the pressing on the goalkeeper and the defenders, not skimping on the efforts. “No ball is a loose ball for him, and he passes that mindset on to his teammates. He recovers a lot of balls by being aggressive in the pressing », adds the journalist. This famous grinta which appeals to Marseille fans so much and which allowed him to become the idol of Romareda in just a few months, forging a special bond with the supporters of the Aragonese club, known for their high standards. “His winning character”, made the difference for Marín. Unfortunately, he could not play in the La Liga play-offs (moved because of the coronavirus) with the club, since Watford had recalled him, against the will of the player himself.
He is cut out for a big club
A player with a strong character who is obviously not just limited to this physical and mental side, since he remains above all an extremely talented player, especially in the rival area. A rather complete palette, since he is able to put on the goalscoring costume and be on the lookout in front of the goals, just as he can pick up to free up space and/or participate in the game, often in one or two ball hits. His goal against Deportivo La Coruña in December 2019 illustrates his qualities well: he starts from the left side, transplants, receives the ball, enters the box, resists a defender’s charge and continues with a clear cross shot.
If he still has faults to erase – for example, he missed several penalties and scores very little in the aerial game – there is no doubt that he would be a significant reinforcement for OM. “He has shown that he is ready to play in the Premier League in a team with a higher objective than just maintaining. There is no doubt he has a bright future ahead of him and will end up at a big club.”, summarizes Javier Marín. Everything is therefore in place for him to succeed in the Marseille city. It’s up to him to play!