Carlos Mendes Gomes has endured a nightmare start to his career at Luton Town, after joining the Championship side from Morecambe over interest from Rangers this summer.
The Senegal-born winger left the Mazuma Stadium after three-years for the Hatters in July for a substantial but undisclosed fee. Mendes Gomes had piqued several clubs’ interest with his performances for the Shrimps, who he helped secure promotion last season.
Rangers were among the clubs tracking Mendes Gomes earlier this year before he joined Luton, according to The Scottish Sun. Steven Gerrard sent scouts to run the rule over the 22-year-old several times, and contacted Morecambe to discuss his situation.
Rangers admired Mendes Gomes after the forward helped fire Morecambe to League Two play-off glory with 16 goals last season. His last strike for the Lancashire outfit proved to be a 107th-minute winner in the play-off final over Newport County.
Mendes Gomes also offered a further five assists – including two in the FA Cup – but has struggled since leaving Morecambe. Nathan Jones has only started the former Atletico Madrid prospect once over 11 possible Championship fixtures, with minutes in six.
His appearances so far also only combine for 124-minutes, with no goals or assists to show for his efforts, either. A chance to impress against more familiar opposition in League Two Stevenage in the EFL Cup also went to waste.
Jones backs former Rangers target to find his feet at Luton
Mendes Gomes will hope the international break came at the right time so the former Rangers target can try and reset at Luton. The step up from the English fourth to second-tier has proven to be a real challenge for the Spanish citizen.
But Jones expects Mendes Gomes to find his feet at Luton, and potentially show Rangers why he was so sought-after. The Hatters boss said last month, via Luton Today, who note the winger was one of the hottest prospects outside of the Championship this summer:
“It’s a huge jump from League Two to the Championship. It’s not just technical things because he can handle it technically, but it’s a physical jump. He did fantastically well at Morecambe and Derek [Adams] did brilliantly with him.
“He’s only had one season in league football, really. So, it’s important we manage him, release him at the right time, into the fold to play games and once he does, I don’t envisage he’ll look back.”