Madger Gomes, the former Villarreal and Liverpool youth player, has moved to FC Sochaux in Ligue 2, the second division in France. He leaves Leeds United after making two appearances for the senior team, both of them in League Cup. He came on as a substitute against Port Vale and started the match against Newport County, but did not see any other first team action the rest of the season.
| Madger Gomes has joined French Ligue 2 side @FCSM_officiel in a permanent move— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 11, 2018
Gomes came to Leeds after he was released by Liverpool. He seemed to have a brilliant pre-season, as he was one of the last youth team players to be sent back to the U23s from the senior squad, and it appeared that he might be ready to take the next step into the first team, but that next step never did happen.
Looked alright at times but never looked like making the grade here. Good luck to him. Sochaux have a got a decent rep for using young players well from what I have read/their youth academy rating on Football Manager (know it isn't much but it's all I have to go on). #lufc #MOT https://t.co/oDeMXlRLUR— Mighty Whites Pod (@mightywhitespod) June 11, 2018
Gomes was one of the first U23 players signed by the club and it looks like he has been passed on the depth chart, with other players working their way ahead of him in the pecking order. Later in the year, when the U23s were playing well and winning matches, Gomes was often reduced to coming off the bench and it seemed like other players such as Sam Dalby, Jack Clarke, Alex Machuca, and Adrian Balboa had all passed him in the pecking order.
FC Sochaux is a French team from the town of Montbéliard. The club is currently in the second division, finishing 13th in the table last season, but won a French Cup as recently as 2007, and were finalists in the French League Cup in 2003 & 2004, winning in 2004. Sochaux were relegated from Ligue 1 after the 2013-14 season, but haven’t come anywhere near the promotion spots since then.
So good luck to Madger, and hopefully it works out better in France than it has in England for the young winger.