Sergio Leon will be, next to Nino, another of the protagonists of the duel that Saturday (14 hours) They will decide Levante and Elche at the Ciutat de València stadium.
The Cordovan striker was one of the objectives of the franjiverde sports commission to reinforce the squad after promotion to the First Division. In the club from Elche they saw him as the attacker with mobility that he demanded Jorge Almiron. But his high profile, almost two million euros, prevented his return to the Martínez Valero stadium, where he was “Pichichi” of the Second Division with the franjiverde team in the 2016-2017 season. Bragarnik He did not agree to pay those amounts and, finally, he opted to sign Argentine Lucas Boyé.
Sergio León is not having much fortune in the granota team, which he arrived last season, from Betis, with a transfer of three million euros. He signed for three years and has a contract until 2022. In his first season he played a total of 22 games and scored only one goal. He did not meet expectations and went from being the “9” starter to the bench, remaining behind Roger and of Morales for the Levantine technician, Paco Lopez.
This situation caused Levante to put the label of transferable and its representative, Joaquín Vigueras, who has other players such as Josan or Josema in Elche and who is also the agent of other ex-Francophiles such Ivan Sanchez, Manuel Sanchez, Dani Escriche O Claudio Medina; put all the effort so that he could return to Martínez Valero, where he left a good memory in the post-administrative relegation season of Primera, in which he was the most outstanding player of the squad he directed Ruben Baraja. That allowed him to be transferred in 2017 to Osasuna, for 1.7 million, and the following year he ended up at Betis in exchange for 3.5 million that the Navarrese club entered.
Sergio León achieved his dream of becoming a hole in First Division after his departure from Elche, but has been losing prominence over the years.
The Andalusian forward liked the possibility of returning to Elche, which he saw as a great possibility of straighten out your career. In fact, he had offers from the United States MLS, but his priority was to stay in Spanish football. Even Alavés was also interested in his services, but his high profile prevented him from landing in Vitoria.
Levante has signed this season to Dani gomez, from Tenerife, and Jorge de Frutos, from Castilla to reinforce the attack, relegating Sergio León to fifth forward also behind Roger marti Y Morales, which were the ones who finished as starters last league.
Despite not counting for Paco López, Sergio León has played three games and accumulates a total of 106 minutes, but always starting from the bench. In the last match against Alavés he came out in the second half and missed a very clear chance, which could have given the Granota team a very important victory and which the Levantine coach even said was an improper mistake for professional football.
Despite his complicated situation, the former green-franj attacker has not resigned and hopes to continue enjoying opportunities. But after the last ruling against Alavés and the possible recovery of Roger, who is awaiting the results of the second anti-covid PCR to end his confinement, they make it difficult for Sergio León to play next Saturday against Elche.
Bench for the two ex
The Cordovan attacker, in Levante, and Nino, in Elche, are the only two players from both squads who have worn the two shirts of the teams that will face each other in the Ciutat de València and, curiously, except for surprise, both will be initially at dock.
If Sergio León has not enjoyed many minutes as a Levantine, the same happens to Nino with the people of Elche. Both have seen their role changed after being scorers with the franjiverde jersey. But the situation of one and the other is different. Nino is now 40 years old and continues to fight, while Sergio León is still 31 and is seeing how his last chances to continue playing in the First Division.
Despite this, both will live with enthusiasm and motivation Levante-Elche on Saturday.
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