What is the point of Valley Gold?
Despite it being no surprise to any Addick, confirmation of Joe Gomez’s transfer to Liverpool today has left me with an air of despondency. This has not been helped by the apparent readiness with which Ben Roberts is talking to Brighton about moving there as their goalkeeping coach, after Katrien Meire gave the parties permission.
Despite the fee being typically undisclosed by Charlton (Liverpool historically have been happy to announce fees) all of the media outlets are stating that Gomez signed for £3.5m on a 5-year deal. Meanwhile those in the club have attempted to squash that and say it is higher. Whatever it is, Charlton fans will want to see all of the sale money redistributed back into the squad and not Roland Duchatelet’s network.
Liverpool have signed a diamond of a young player and I really hope that Joe’s career at Anfield flourishes and doesn’t fester. Sadly Derby have already been named as favourites to sign the 18-year old on a season long loan!
Once in a while a player of Joe Gomez’s quality comes through the ranks, and I am happy to say I saw him play a few times last season. Good luck to the lad, however my only issue with him moving, like Poyet and Jenkinson before him, is that the supporters only get such a small window to enjoy such a prodigious talent.
What value are fans getting from contributing to Valley Gold? What satisfaction are the club’s supporters getting from a young man that has been nurtured through the ranks, but gets flogged after just a handful of games? How does that better the team? How does that improve the direction the club is going in? It doesn’t even allow the club the realise the players true value.
Sadly if you look at what Duchatelet has done at Standard, then this is the Duchatelet way. Made in Charlton, sold as soon as they leave the factory.