Carlos Mendes Gomes
Date of birth
Luton Town completed the signing of forward Carlos Mendes Gomes in June 2021 on a permanent transfer from League One side Morecambe.
Up until this point, Senegal-born Gomes has embarked on a remarkable football journey after him and his family initially moved to Lanzarote when he was two. His football talents were spotted as a schoolboy by Getafe and after moving away from his family at the age of 13 to spend a year with the Madrid-based outfit, he moved to their cross-city counterparts Atletico Madrid.
His time with the Spanish giants would come to an abrupt end, however, after Mendes Gomes’ father decided to move his family to England due to the prospect of a higher quality education.
He moved to the country and didn’t speak a word of English and failed to find a team for over a year, eventually signing for tenth-tier West Didsbury & Chorlton in the North West Counties League.
The winger was later scouted by Morecambe whilst playing for his college team, and following two years of sporadic appearances, he truly made his mark last season under Derek Adams, playing a vital part in securing promotion to League One for the first time in the Shrimps’ history, scoring 16 goals, including the winner in the play-off final against Newport County.