Full name: Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáez de la Torre ( Suso )
Date of birth: 19 November 1993
Place of birth: Cadiz, Spain
Height: 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position: Right Wing
National team: Spain
Agent: Sergio Berti
Joined: 17 January 2015
Contract until: 30.06.2022
Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz de la Torre ( Suso ) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a right winger and occasionally central attacking midfielder for Italian club Milan and the Spain national team.
Scouted by English club Liverpool as a teenager, he made his professional debut there in 2012, playing sparingly and spending a season on loan at Almería before joining Milan in January 2015. He was loaned to fellow Serie A club Genoa in January 2016.
Suso represented Spain at various youth levels up to under-21, winning the 2012 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.
AC Milan career
On 12 January 2015, Suso signed a four-year deal with Italian club Milan, effective upon the expiration of his contract with Liverpool, which ended in July 2015. It was later agreed, however, that he would join the Rossoneri immediately after Riccardo Saponara joined Empoli on loan until the end of the season. Due to the early cancellation of Suso’s Liverpool contract, Milan paid a €1.3 million compensatory fee to Liverpool.
Suso made his debut on 27 January in the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia, replacing Michelangelo Albertazzi for the last ten minutes of a 0–1 home defeat against Lazio. Suso’s Serie A debut came on 4 April, coming on alongside Giampaolo Pazzini in place of Alessio Cerci and Mattia Destro in the 77th minute of a 1–2 win away at Palermo. On 15 May, he assisted Alex’s goal in a 3–2 defeat against Sassuolo. Later on in that match, he received a red card after a foul on Francesco Magnanelli. He ended his first season with 1 assist in 6 appearances in all competition.
After Siniša Mihajlović replaced Filippo Inzaghi as Milan’s coach for 2015–16 season, Suso couldn’t establish himself in Milan’s starting line-up and after making only 2 appearances, he was loaned to Genoa during the January transfer season.
On 4 January 2016, Suso joined Genoa on loan until the end of the season after only appearing once in the campaign for Milan. Upon his arrival he was given the number 17 jersey. On 3 April, after only one goal in his previous 12 games, he scored his first hat-trick in a 4–0 win over Frosinone at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. He became only the second Spaniard to score three goals in a game in Italy’s top flight, after Luis Suárez for Inter Milan against Genoa in 1963.
2016–17 season: Return to Milan
Suso during AC Milan’s pre season against Bayern Munich in 2016
After being loaned out due to lack of confidence in him by Milan coach Siniša Mihajlović, Suso started getting playing time under new manager Vincenzo Montella. After impressing in the pre-season and in the first matches of 2016–17 Serie A, Suso was considered to play a pivotal role in the season. Suso scored his first league goal for Milan in the second matchday of Serie A against Napoli, an equalizer in the eventual 2-4 defeat. On 16 September 2016, he assisted Carlos Bacca’s goal in a 1–0 win against Sampdoria. He also assisted Manuel Locatelli goal against Juventus on 22 October. He score Milan’s first goal and assisted the second goal in the 2–1 win against Palermo on 6 November. The following week, scored his first brace in a 2–2 draw against Inter Milan at San Siro. He scored a goal and assisted another two as Milan beat Empoli 4–1 in the next match.
On 23 December 2016, Suso assisted Giacomo Bonaventura’s equalising goal in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus; he later converted his penalty in the resulting shoot-out, leading Milan to a 4–3 victory.
Suso concluded the 2016-17 season scoring 7 goals along with 9 assists finishing as Milan’s highest assist maker.
Suso began the 2017–18 season where he left off the season before, in the 2017–18 season opener against Crotone, Suso assisted Patrick Cutrone before scoring himself in a 3–0 away win. On 14 September, he scored a long-range goal against FK Austria Wien, his first European goal for Milan.
On 25 September 2017, Suso signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2022.
After very bad start of the season Suso’s place in AC Milan came under question. When Stefano Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo on AC Milan’s bench Suso’s place become less and less secure. Because of this his form fell even more, and the management considered the option to sell him. However in the January transfer window there was not a club which wanted to buy Suso right away, not for the amount AC Milan wanted him. Before the end of the January transfer window AC Milan found agreement with Sevilla over Suso. Fernandez returned in La Liga on initial 18 month loan, while Sevilla will have the right to buy out his contract. Under certain conditions the buy out option will become obligation.
Suso initially joined the Liverpool Academy on loan until he was old enough to obtain a permit to play for them professionally. On 19 November 2010, he marked his 17th birthday by signing his first professional contract with the Reds. Suso made his first appearance for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 1 August 2010, also playing in Jamie Carragher’s testimonial match on 4 September. For competitive fixtures, however, he was immediately placed in the reserves, foregoing the Academy. In the 2010–11 season, he made the joint-highest number of appearances for the side with 17, and netted three goals as he adapted well to life on Merseyside. He followed this up with five goals in 17 games during the 2011–12 season, and he also made seven appearances in the NextGen Series.
On 20 September 2012, Suso made his senior Liverpool debut in a Europa League match against Young Boys, completing the full 90 minutes and earning a rave review from Brendan Rodgers. He made his Premier League debut three days later against Manchester United in a 2-1 defeat at Anfield, replacing the injured Fabio Borini at half-time. He performed impressively, completing all his passes despite Liverpool being a man down. He then played in the next game against West Bromwich Albion six days later in the League Cup, coming on with ten minutes to play and making an immediate impact by helping set up Nuri Şahin’s second goal in a 2–1 win. He went on to make his first Premier League start on 29 September in a 5-2 win at Norwich City, where he assisted Luis Suárez’s third goal.
On 19 October 2012, Suso signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, receiving praise from manager Brendan Rodgers for his “maturity and commitment.”
On 18 December 2012, Suso was fined £10,000 for a remark he made to Liverpool teammate and compatriot José Enrique on Twitter, which The Football Association (FA) deemed homophobic. José Enrique replied to these charges, saying the remark was “banter” and “just a joke.”
On 25 February 2013, after being shut-out of the first team due to the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, Suso put in a poor performance for the under-21 team against Manchester United, which he acknowledged on his Twitter account, tweeting “Sorry about tonight.. I was having some stomach problems during all game but i didn’t want to come off of the game… Again sorry!” The game finished 1–0 to United against a very strong Liverpool side that included Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Jonjo Shelvey.
Suso (center) playing for Almería against Atlético Madrid in September 2013
On 12 July 2013, Suso joined La Liga side Almería on a season-long loan deal. He made his debut for the Andalusians on 19 August, assisting Rodri’s goal in an eventual 2–3 home loss against Villarreal. In the following matchday, he also assisted Rodri in a 2–2 away draw against Getafe.
On 21 September, Suso scored his first top flight goal in a 2–2 home draw against Levante. On 30 October, he helped his side end a wretched run of five successive defeats, assisting Marco Torsiglieri in a 1–2 away success over Valencia.
On 2 November, Suso assisted Rodri by putting a cross into the six-yard box that was converted by the forward, who slid to meet the ball. It was the match’s only goal (although highly-controversial) in a home win over Real Valladolid. Late in the month, Suso scored his second goal for the Andalusians, his team’s only marker in a 3–1 away loss against Celta de Vigo, but was also fined for missing training due to oversleeping.
Suso was then dropped to the bench in the following matches against Real Betis, Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal, only returning to the starting lineup on 26 January of the following year, assisting Jonathan Zongo in the game’s only goal against Getafe.
Return to Liverpool
Suso was first recalled to a Liverpool matchday squad as they began their Champions League campaign on 16 September 2014 with a 2–1 win over Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad, though he went unused. A week later, in a League Cup third round match against Middlesbrough at Anfield, he replaced Lazar Marković in the 98th minute and scored his first goal for the club 11 minutes later in a 2–2 draw after extra time. He also scored twice in the subsequent penalty shoot-out, including the winner, as Liverpool won 14–13.
Suso has represented Spain at U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-21 level. In 2012, Suso started every game during the U-19 European Championships, where he won his first international honour. On 9 October 2012, Suso received his first call up to Spain U21 for their game against Italy.
He was also captain of the Spain under-20 side that competed in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
In August 2017, Suso was called up for the first time to the Spain side for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Italy the following month. He was chosen by Julen Lopetegui, his former manager at under-20 and under-21 level. He finally made his debut in a friendly against Russia on 14 November 2017.
A quick, creative and technically gifted left-footed player, Suso is capable of playing both as a midfielder and as a forward, on either flank or in the centre of the pitch, although he usually plays as an attacking midfielder or as a winger; he has also been used as a central midfielder. Regarded as a promising young player, he is known for his ability to beat opponents on the ball, as well as his vision and passing accuracy, which enables him to set the tempo of his team’s play, play quick exchanges with other midfielders, and provide assists for his teammates; he also possesses a good shot from outside the area and is accurate from set pieces. Former Milan midfielder Dejan Savićević compared Suso with himself saying: “He’s like me, he’s also got a great shot. He’s a player who can invent an assist, invent a shot. He can invent from one moment to the next, he’s the one who most possesses that quality.”
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