Sergio Gomez came to Borussia Dortmund at the beginning of 2018 as a 17-year-old with great praise. His two-year loan deal with SD Huesca will soon end, but in Spain his performances have been average at best. Gomez will no longer have a future at BVB.
It just doesn’t really fit together when you consider the early praise and now look at what has become of it three years later. “Sergio Gomez is undoubtedly one of the strongest players of his age worldwide,” said Michael Zorc in January 2018 after the then 17-year-old moved from FC Barcelona’s second team to BVB for three million euros. “We have been interested in him for a long time and we are happy that he decided on Borussia Dortmund despite the offers from many top European clubs,” said the sports director.
A few months earlier, Gomez had won the U17 European Championship with Spain, and the offensive player’s team came second at the World Cup in India, which took place shortly afterwards. Gomez received the silver ball as the second best player in the tournament after scoring four goals. Only Phil Foden, who won the title with England, was better.
Back then, Gomez was still at eye level with Foden, today the 20-year-old plays for Manchester City Champions League and decided there two days ago the clash in the quarter-finals against Dortmund. And Gomez? It is miles away from this level and after all has not become a millionaire for BVB.
When Gomez came to Borussia, he should “train directly with the professionals and collect match practice in our U19s by the summer,” Zorc once said. The beginning looked promising, Gomez was allowed to participate in four U19 games and prepared three goals in one of them. A month later, under coach Peter Stöger, there were two substitutions and seven minutes of playing time in the Bundesliga – the Spaniard’s only appearances in the Dortmund professional ensemble so far.
BVB loaner Sergio Gomez is loaned to Huesca
In Gomez’s first full season at BVB, he played 14 competitive games for the U23s (two goals, four assists), and when he won in Monaco, Lucien Favre gave him a one-minute appearance in the Champions League. Gomez was only once in the Bundesliga squad. The competition for him, who is central in attacking midfield and can be used on both wings, was simply too great.
Despite eight years at Barca’s La Masia youth academy and successes in the underground, Gomez did not manage to make the transition to senior football without complications – in Manchester Foden was already a permanent member of the squad by then. Dortmund decided in the summer of 2019, together with the dribbling player, for a loan in Gomez ‘home to second division SD Huesca.
This was extended for another year after the first season, but this time with an option to buy. The signal was clear: The club from the second largest city in Aragon is expecting something from Gomez after a year of audition, but BVB would sell him if Huesca raised the contractually agreed amount of 2.5 million euros.
If you ask around in Spain, it is not entirely clear to some observers why Huesca secured this option in the first place – Gomez’s performances were average at best. Although the club was the first to be promoted to the Primera Division, Gomez did not play a decisive role: 20 times he was in the starting line-up in 37 competitive games, only eight times he was used over the full 90 minutes. He contributed a goal and three assists to the promotion.
In Huesca one hoped above all that the less competitive first division would allow him more freedom, so that the technical and strategic strengths of Gomez could more clearly come to the fore and his adjustment process would therefore be accelerated. But that was a fallacy, it can now be said eight league games before the end of the season and his loan end.
So the Dortmunders didn’t have much to follow, the trip to Huesca went anything but good for Gomez and BVB. The sporting future of the club hangs by a thread, relegation to the 2nd division should make it economically difficult or impossible for Huesca to sign Gomez in times of the corona pandemic. His contract in Dortmund runs until 2022, so a fundamental decision is pending.
“The best second division in the world – like the Spanish one – is good to compete and allows a young player to grow and see in the future if I have a better chance of coming back to Dortmund much stronger,” said Gomez shortly after starting his loan too transfermarkt.de. One and a half years later it is clear: At BVB he will no longer play a role despite the imminent change in personnel.