Sergi Canos burst into Liverpool's plans for the future this past season with a promising run in the Championship at Brentford. Then, as quickly as he had garnered the attention of supporters with his play, he was gone to Norwich City for a fee of £2.5 million.
It was a bit curious to see Canos, who is just 19, so eager to make a permanent move elsewhere after he'd been granted a Premier League debut with the Reds in their final game of last season against West Brom.
He explained his transfer decision as way to fast-track his career and gain immediate recognition.
"I wanted to play football and [Liverpool] wanted me in the under-21s, so it was the right decision [to leave]," Canos said (via ESPN FC). "I want to be a Premier League player and if I could do that with Norwich it would be amazing."
He also emphasized the confidence Norwich -- a club looking to replace the creativity of recently departed Nathan Redmond -- showed in him as a factor for his move.
"From the beginning, Norwich showed very good interest and showed that they believe in me," Canos explained. "I'm very excited to be here. Carrow Road impressed me, I've seen videos of it and it looks an amazing atmosphere and I can't wait to play there."
It'll be a tough pill for Liverpool to swallow if Canos, who first came up through the Barcelona youth ranks, shines at Norwich and makes his transfer fee (which could rise to £4.5 million) a bargain. Yet the nature of developing prospects at big clubs with big squads is that certain promising players are always bound to leave in search of more playing time. That's just how it goes.