The 23-year-old has played under Manolo Marquez previously.

With the completion of the signing of Spanish forward Javi Siverio, Hyderabad FC now have their sixth overseas player and fourth new foreign arrival. The 23-year-old is a promising young talent, who will add more depth to the Nizams’ attack in the 2021/22 season of the Indian Super League

The forward has previously worked under Manolo Marquez, who will be into his second season in the ISL. Hyderabad FC are a side with a plethora of young exciting talents in their squad. Young players like Asish Rai, Akash Mishra and more earned a lot of plaudits last year. A young foreign player entering the ISL is a rare sight but a welcome one indeed. 

The Nizams are looking upwards and will hope to finally secure the playoffs qualification in the upcoming season. Javi will certainly have a role to play if the outfit is to achieve a top-four finish. Playing alongside new recruit Bartholomew Ogbeche would also work wonders for his personal growth.

Here is a brief analysis of Javi Siverio and what he brings to the table at Hyderabad FC.

Prior experience

Javi Siverio began his youth career with Laguna U-19 and moved to Las Palmas’ U-19 side in 2015. This is where he trained under Manolo Marquez during the 2016-17 season. After gaining promotion to UD Las Palmas C, the striker moved to Racing Santander B in 2018. He later represented the senior side at Racing Santander and was part of the side that earned a promotion to the Segunda Division.

Siverio’s next destination was Las Palmas Atletico, a club in fourth-tier in Spanish football. He signed for them in January 2021 on a free transfer. He has moved out of Spain for the first time in his career after signing for Hyderabad FC. Siverio has signed a one year contract with the ISL club ahead of the upcoming season. 

Club career stats

The 23-year-old has played in several lower divisions in Spain. His breakthrough campaign came with Racing Santander B, where the striker scored 16 goals in 24 appearances in his debut season. 

The next season saw the attacker notch up 24 goals for Racing Santander’s reserve side. He has also played one game in the Copa del Rey and five in La Liga 2 (second-tier).

Last season’s performance

The 23-year-old played 20 games across four different competitions in the 2020-21 season. He also made an appearance in the Copa del Rey for Racing Santander, albeit in a 1-0 defeat against UD Mutilvera. The striker turned out for Racing Santander in the first half of the season. He later represented Las Palmas Atletico for the rest of the campaign.

Siverio clocked a total of 1250 minutes in the previous season, scoring three goals in the process. More playing time will be on the agenda of the young striker at the Indian Super League. 

Type of player

Javi Siverio is a complete striker with attractive attributes in all departments. He stands six feet tall and is a threat in the air. The striker usually plays as a target man and has the quality to hold the ball in the build-up to an attack. Furthermore, he is a good finisher and should benefit from the attacking full-backs at Hyderabad FC.

More importantly, he is young and has buckets of energy. He will look to use his peak condition to capitalise on tiring opponents. The player has come through the youth ranks in Spanish academies and possesses brilliant technical qualities in his overall gameplay. Siverio is described as a natural finisher by most figures, who have seen him play.

How the player fits into Marquez’s plans

Manolo Marquez has previously worked with the striker. The Spanish connection will also play a factor between the two and the rest of the foreign players in the team. “Javi Siverio is a young striker who has played for the academies at Las Palmas and Racing Santander, where he also scored for the senior side,” the tactician said upon his arrival.

“He is a natural finisher, is very clever inside the box and is also strong in the air. He is only 23 and will join Hyderabad to try and show us his qualities,” he further added.

It is clear that the Hyderabad FC head coach is relying on the striker’s energy and finishing in the final third. It will be interesting to see how Marquez uses both Siverio and Ogbeche upfront. He will hope the Spaniard can also establish a partnership with compatriot Edu Garcia.

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