Newcastle Miss Out On ‘Next Rio Ferdinand’
Despite sustained interest from Newcastle, Charlton have at last tied down Joe Gomez to a three year contract.
Charlton’s Joe Gomez only turned seventeen in May but is rated as one of the best young players in Europe, with the young defender drawing favourable comparisons to Rio Ferdinand, little wonder United were amongst a host of clubs taking an interest.
The young Charlton defender played in all five matches in Malta and not only was he rated England’s best player, he was also widely ranked as the player of the tournament.
The local press in South London have said that with his Charlton connections, Alan Pardew had been aware of Gomez’ developing career for some time and had been very keen on the young defender.
However, Charlton have been determined to keep hold of their exciting prospect and despite only turning seventeen in May, Gomez has now become an established part of the first team squad, playing five matches so far this season, including an excellent win at league leaders Norwich.
The young defender is primarily a centre-back but also can play right-back.
When signing his new contract, Gomez said one of the biggest reasons for sticking with Charlton was their readiness to give young players their chance in the first team;
“It has taken a little while but it is good that it’s done now and I’m happy.
“It is nice that the young players are being given a chance to play here, that’s obviously exciting for us and it was a big incentive to sign.”
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