Saturday, June 18, 2016

Sebastián Rodríguez joins Nacional from Liverpool

Uruguayan record champions Nacional have made their first purchase of the summer. Central midfielder Sebastián Rodríguez leaves Liverpool to join one of the big two clubs of the city.

Sebastián Rodríguez joins Nacional. (Photo:
After a disappointing league campaign, Nacional have started their business early during the month of June. Following the arrival of new coach Martín Lasarte, the first (and not the last) player has joined the club too. 

Central midfielder Sebastián Rodríguez is 23 years old and has been one of the most consistent players for Liverpool last season. During the Clausura, he played 14 of 15 games for the full 90 minutes. While doing so, Rodríguez scored a goal and assisted a further one. 

His main strengths are strategic ones. He will battle Santiago Romero and Gonzalo Porras for a place in the starting eleven, should they stay at the club. Rodríguez' technique and ball control are excellent, along with decent vision on the pitch. Despite not showing up on the scoring sheet too often, the midfielder has a good shot. 

Take a look at him demonstrating that shot during the Apertura on Youtube.

After becoming a professional footballer in the youth academy of Danubio, Rodríguez left his home country aged 18 in 2011. His destination: Spain, where he played for UD Almeria's second team in the third tier of Spanish football. In 2014, he moved on to Swiss fourth league side Locarno. During the first half of the season, he could not make it to the matchday squad, before playing a key role in the second half all of a sudden. He found himself on the pitch for 90 minutes regularly, yet decided to return to Uruguay a year after his arrival. 

Seemingly, the player had already been on the transfer market a while ago, with reported interest of Nacional and Peñarol. In the end, the Tricolor made the decisive move and had enough convincing arguments for Rodríguez.


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