Loren completes Valencia switch
In a busy July 1st at La Mestalla, Valencia were keen to welcome their new arrivals, with much of the business of the club being done prior to the transfer window opening, and only now being able to be officially unveiled. First new face through the door is that of 27 year old forward Loren, who arrives on a free transfer having most recently been with Real Betis.
Lorenzo Jesús Morón García originally represented UD Marbella in the youth ranks, having been born in the area, before moving down the coast to join Estepona in 2012, making his debut in September of that year. Following a brief return to Marbella, where he won promotion with the B side, he joined fellow 3rd division outfit Vélez on loan for the season, where he enjoyed his best spell to date scoring 14 goals in 21 league games. This attracted the attention of Real Betis, whom he joined in January 2015, being farmed out to their reserve squad. Despite scoring 13 league goals in the 2015-16 season, he was unable to prevent his side slipping into the Tercera, although he himself continued his fine form with another 14 goal season at the lower level, earning himself a new contract with the Sevilla based club in the process.
Promotion followed, and another 16 goals in the Segunda B was enough to see Loren earn himself promotion to the first team squad, being promoted to the setup in January 2018 after agreeing another new deal. His debut came the following month, as he started and scored twice in a 2-1 victory over Villarreal. He was to score another 5 in the final few months of the season. Featuring more heavily in the 2018-19 campaign, goals proved harder to come by as he found the net just 6 times in the league, before returning to previous form, where he netted 10 times during a campaign which saw Betis finish 15th in La Liga, and Loren himself being scouted by several big European sides.
Despite the interest, he remained at the Estadio Benito Villamarín for the 2020/21 season, where he found first team appearances harder to come by again, making just 10 starts in the league and another 6 appearances from the bench, scoring just 3 times, his worst return to date. With chances limited, the 27 year old striker rejected a new contract, keen to move on in a hope to rediscover his previous form, and with Daniel Sturridge being released and Joshua Zirkzee returning to Bayern Munich following his loan spell, Valencia were on the lookout for an additional attacking option to add some depth to the squad, and his availability on a free transfer also fit in with the clubs current difficult economical climate. With an ageing Kevin Gameiro, and some of the biggest clubs in Europe still sniffing around Maxi Gómez, Loren will hope to feature heavily for his new side this coming season.Share this: