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Joe Gomez

Our 18-year old defensive prodigy lost out to Leeds United’s Lewis Cook in the Football League Championship Apprentice of the Year award tonight. Midfielder Cook missed the game yesterday due to injury but has played twice the games than Gomez has this season. Cook is also a year older. The other nomination for the award was Millwall’s Fred Onyedinma.

Catford-born Gomez, who was playing for Charlton’s U18’s when he was just 13 has been a revelation since breaking in the first team under Bob Peeters early in the season. The best way to describe Gomez is that he plays as if this is his tenth season and not his first and has that ability to simply glide across the pitch. Joe compares very favourably in my mind to Richard Rufus and Paul Elliott and I just hope Charlton fans get to enjoy this great kid for another season or two.  Middlesbrough’s Patrick Bamford won The Championship Player of the Year award ahead of Ipswich Town’s Daryl Murphy and Watford’s Troy Deeney. Bamford is of course a Chelsea player, signed by the Blues three years ago from Notingham Forest, where he had been since he was 8. 

Four 2nd year scholars have been offered professional contracts at the Charlton. They are Joshua Umerah, Regan Charles-Cook, Brandon Hanlan, and Alexander Kelly. Those released include Kurtis Cumberbatch, Jack Munns and  Harry Gerard.

In Roland Duchatelet network news, Katrien Meire will be putting the flags out and cracking open a few Leffe’s after her first love, Sint-Truiden won Belgium’s 2nd Dvision title today after winning 4-1 away at Geel. With closest rivals Lommel losing, the Canaries will lift the trophy when they entertain Lommel next Saturday.

Duchatelet denies that he has any current links to Sint-Truiden, with his wife owning it officially, but it will be interesting to see what the Jupiler League say about that as they have strict rules on dual ownership in the countries top division. 

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