Indian Super League (ISL) side Kerala Blasters FC have got themselves a new foreign player in the middle of the park in the form of former Deportivo La Coruna and UD Las Palmas midfielder Vicente Gomez. Multiple reports claim that the 32-year old Spanish international has joined the Tuskers on a 3-year contract.
The tall defensive midfielder has 75 LaLiga appearances against his name during his time at Las Palmas and featured against the biggest names in football during that time. He moved to Deportivo in the second division in 2018 and enjoyed an impressive first season, making 30 appearances for the Herculinos and establishing himself as the midfield general. The following season proved to be more challenging though.
He started just 15 out of the 25 appearances that he had, failing to nail down a position in the starting eleven amidst a host of managerial changes. What made matters worse was the relegation that the club went on to suffer, dropping down to Segunda Division B for the first time in 39 years. Reports from Spain also suggest that he had not been training with his teammates the last few days, further underlining his intentions of leaving the club.
He took to Twitter to say his goodbyes to the club and its fans, thanking them for their unwavering support and acknowledging that things haven’t quite turned out the way that he wanted them to on the pitch.
Kerala’s capture of Gomez was all but confirmed when the club tweeted a cryptic code a couple of hours back and should be made official soon. For the uninitiated, 2255 was the phone number of South superstar Mohanlal’s character in the 1986 Malayalam movie, Rajavinte Makan. The catch being that the character was named ‘Vincent Gomes’. Blasters fans would be hoping that this signing, which is part of a rebuild that has been undertaken after three underwhelming seasons in the ISL, would ensure a turnaround in the club’s fortunes under new head coach Kibu Vicuna.