Seven years after leaving Betis for Reus, Sergio León finally returns home. The 28 year old, originally from Cordoba, has signed a four year contract at the Benito Villamarin after departing from relegated Osasuna. In doing so he becomes the first signing of new manager Quique Setién and newly instated sporting director Lorenzo Serra Ferrer.
León started his footballing career at Betis back in 2004 at the tender age of 15. After four years in the youth teams, he moved up to Betis C and then Betis B in 2009. He made his one and only league appearance for the first team in 2010 during a 1-0 loss against Girona. Not surprisingly, Betis were relegated that season.
In the 2011 January transfer window after not making any more appearances for the first team, León dropped down a few divisions and signed for Catalan-based Reus. In 2013, León signed for Elche B, then finally moved up to Elche’s first time a couple of seasons later. After an impressive 2015-16 campaign in which he scored 22 goals, Sergio signed a four year deal at Osasuna where he somehow managed to get into double figures for an horrendous Osasuna team who finished 19th and managed to win just four games all season.
His stories reminds me of Ruben Castro’s. A bit of a journeyman who failed to establish himself at a single club for one reason or another. Don’t forget, before Ruben signed for Betis in 2010, coincidentally just before Sergio left, he was loaned out FIVE times by Deportivo La Coruna. Now we all know the story of Ruben Castro – he’s Betis’ all-time top goalscorer and one of our greatest ever players.
Leon said: “The truth is that I feel very content and happy to return home. It is a very nice situation for me, to be able to return to what was my home.”
If Sergio León can make half the impact that Ruben has, he’ll turn out to be a terrific, and much needed, signing.