Last summer it seemed Leeds United had got their hands on a gem of a talent from the Liverpool youth system. Madger Gomes joined the West Yorkshire side last June after being released by the Reds.
The Spanish midfielder was immediately thrust into first-team action, as Leeds took on Harrogate Town in a friendly just one week later. The Whites won the game 4-2 and Gomes was among the scorers. It had Leeds fans excited that they had a talent on their hands and one who could push for first-team football at the club.
Despite being signed as an under-23 player, he did make two first-team appearances in the cup competition last season.
However, when Gomes signed for Leeds he came with a warning from Liverpool fans. They also rated the Spanish starlet highly. But, they tempered their excitement by remembering his injury record. Gomes always struggled with injury problems at Liverpool and, it appears, he did so at Leeds as well.
Gomes disappeared from action completely for six months, before showing up in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford back in February.
It appears the 21-year-old simply never managed to stay fit long enough to have an impact at Leeds, as many Liverpool fans had forewarned would be the case.
Now, he is gone. The Victor Orta recruit has headed to France, joining Ligue 2 side Sochaux just one year into his three-year deal at Elland Road.
Unfortunately, it seems the troubles he had at Liverpool followed him to Leeds and he was a gamble that did not pay off.
Leeds fans will undoubtedly wish him all the best in his French adventure.