Date of birth: Feb 3, 2003
Place of birth: Las Piedras
Height: 1,76 m
Current club: Liverpool FC Montevideo
Joined: Jan 1, 2020
Contract expires: May 31, 2026
He is a DM, from Uruguay, who captains their U20 team.
Culers were always going to be fans, as we are desperate for a successful story in this position.
OTOH, we are the only big club interested to get him, he is 20 and still playing in a very weak league, and he himself might reject us, since it seems he prefers to go to a smaller club with less pressure.
The story could very well have a bad ending for us.
Araujo joined for 4M and Pocho for 1.2M and some add-ons, Diaz buyout is 8M.
Diaz is a affordable gamble for sure, but the kind you need proper scouting and be sure there is good chance he can work well.
Andrey was huge miss btw, but tbf he isn't really a DM. He is a direct future replacement to Frenkie. Can see why the club hesitated, although still a mistake
While Uruguay generally uses the same playing style every game, they make changes every time, they started with 4231 and switched to 433 or 442 and they do this with different personal. The team remains the same despite such changes, which is a testimony of how mature they are, and more importantly how well-coached they are.
In 4231 Diaz is one of the two DM, in 3 man midfield they aren't playing with single pivot, but all 3 switches all the time.
Other than corners and fouls, Diaz isn't a standout, and neither any of his teammates in midfield. Yet there midfield protect the defense well and help in attack, so it is a strong midfield.
The question is, is it strong because of Diaz? or is he just another guy there?
on one hand, he is the leader of the team who is a consistent there, always. OTOH, as I said, he isn't a standout player. You don't watch the game and ask who is this kid.
I said it before, that I don't see him as a pivot in Barca, although he might be tactically sound enough to make the switch.
8M isn't a low price, but there is a chance that in 3 years we will look back and ask why didn't we buy this player?
Just hope our scouts will make the right decision with him.