2 goals in 3 starts - Former Liverpool target putting 18 month injury hell behind him

Isaac Cuenca

Former Barcelona starlet Isaac Cuenca is finding his feet at Deportivo La Coruna.

Barcelona's excellent record of producing quality young talent is well documented, but of course it does not always go according to plan.

Because for every Lionel Messi there also has to be the odd Isaac Cuenca. The winger burst onto the scene back in 2011, scoring on just his third appearance against Mallorca and looking like yet another star of the future for Blaugrana.

But he injured his knee in the summer of 2012 and spent half of the season out with the problem. He went to Ajax on loan but two months in he again suffered a knee problem, this time requiring surgery.

He spent almost the entire of last season out of action with knee and hamstring trouble and his Barcelona career had now passed him by, the club were ready to let him go this summer.

That alerted the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal to his services. Both clubs had been keen in the past and with him seemingly available on the cheap newspapers linked Liverpool and Arsenal with his signature once again this summer.

But when his contract was rescinded by the club with mutual consent Cuenca was now a free agent, something Liverpool and Arsenal decided not to act on.

Instead he joined newly promoted Deportivo La Coruna. He moved to the Riazor on a one-year deal, with an agreement on an extension should he prove his fitness throughout the campaign.

So far so good in that respect for the 23-year-old and last night he scored his second goal for his new club. Just a few days after being thrashed 8-2 by Real Madrid Depor were beaten 2- 1 by Celta Vigo. But Cuenca scored in the 55th minute, as he slowly looks to get his flawed career back on track, adding to his goal against Rayo Vallecano earlier in the season.

That is now two goals in just 304 minutes of La Liga football for a player who had previously not featured in a game since April 2013.

With a good season under his belt who knows? The likes of Liverpool and co might come calling once again.

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