Gomez under contract
I watched bits of Charlton’s pre-season games in St-Truiden this past weekend on the Addicks You Tube service, which was very good by the way.
I am sure those that travelled had a fun time despite the driving rain during yesterday’s game and Stayen looked a neat little stadium. Nonetheless pre-season games are simply that, an opportunity for fitness, preparation and team building. Training games that you can pay to watch.
This was underlined by Standard even wearing their training bibs in Saturday’s 45-minute kick about. Friendlies play with your expectations, be careful, but no one has ever been promoted or relegated after a pre-season friendly and one week of training.
Trialists André Bikey and Tomasz Cywka (pronounced Sivka) both joined the Addicks in Belgium with Bikey looking the most likely to sign permanently.
29-year old Bikey can play right back or centre-half and has played at Reading, Burnley and Middlesbrough. The Cameroonian spent last season in the Greek Super League with Panetolikos. A bit of a journeyman, Bikey has played in 5 countries for 12 clubs.
Pole Cywka is an attacking midfielder who turned down a new contract offer at Barnsley and is 26. He scored at The Valley at one of the ‘fiver’ games two season’s ago.
Every player got a run out in Belgium except for Chris Solly, who wasn’t risked on the 3g artificial surface. One player really stood out though and that was Joe Gomez. He was both big and mobile and had a perceptive read of the game.
Peeters has already said that he will involve the 17-year old in pre-season and from what I saw, albeit in a pre-season game (see above) I reckon Joe will be part of this season’s first team squad.
I think most fans were under the impression that Joe was out of contract, but like a glorious bolt from the blue, this report on the OS tells us that he signed a 2-year professional contract earlier this year.
After the Poyet disappointment, this is very welcome news.