He will be forever classed as a Manchester City flop, but Felipe Caicedo was Espanyol’s hero on Thursday night, scoring twice to help the Catalan club to a surprise 3-0 away win over Villarreal at El Madrigal.
The 26-year-old Ecuadorian scored only four times for the English club during his two spells in Manchester. Caicedo made 26 starts between 2007 and 2009, but it was clear that despite his size, presence and pace, he was never going to make the grade at City.
Espanyol is his sixth club since leaving England and this season he is enjoying his best goal return since he scored 13 for Levante back in 2011. It is clear that Spanish football is much more suited to his style, and Thursday was just another great example of this.
The striker was rather fortunate with his first, the ball clearly coming off his thigh, but the second was a beautiful turn and finish that even Luis Suarez would have been proud of.
Sergio Garcia picked out the striker with a neat pass inside, but it was Caicedo’s lovely first touch with his left-foot that gave him the perfect opportunity to hit the first-time shot, leaving Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo with no chance.
That takes his tally for the season to eight and moves Espanyol up to ninth in the table. There is a still a 12-point gap between them and the Yellow Submarine, but the win – their first in four games – keeps them comfortably in mid-table.
Still only 26 years old, it will be interesting to see if Caicedo can reach double figures this season, and whether or not he will look for a move again this summer.