Omar Bravo's European dream is all but shattered. Bravo is on his way back home as he has joined Tigres on loan from Deportivo la Coruna for the rest of the Clausura 2009.
My first thought: what a waste.
My second thought: I am not surprised.
Bravo has always been a decent player but I've always felt he's not as good as he's been made out to be. He's a very popular player, as he gained enormous popularity while playing for Chivas. But he's never done much with the Mexican national team. You tell me he scored two goals in the 2006 World Cup, I'll tell you he missed a penalty kick in that same tournament and wasn't on the field for the deciding match.
Bravo's a bust. Yes, he signed on a free (I believe someone commented on that here before) but that shouldn't matter in determining whether a player failed to meet expectations. Bravo flopped in Spain and now returns to Mexico against his will, to a team that has reached for a high-profile foreign flop before (Francisco Fonseca).
Maybe some time back in the Mexican league will serve Bravo some good. Or maybe he's fallen so far off that nothing will give him a shot with Deportivo anymore. Whatever the case, at least he'll be playing again.