A key development has emerged on Madger Gomes, following his trial with Charlton earlier this summer.
Former Charlton trialist Madger Gomes has officially completed a move to League One outfit Crewe Alexandra, having been a free agent since leaving Doncaster at the end of last season, signing a two-year deal.
The Addicks gave him the opportunity to earn a contract earlier this summer as he played in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in a pre-season friendly, before ultimately opting against signing him.
This development on Gomes’ future shows that Charlton boss Nigel Adkins was right not to sign Gomes on a permanent contract following the end of his trial with the club earlier this year.
Had the Spaniard gone on to sign for a team like Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland or Portsmouth, who are all vying for promotion, then fans may have questioned why a deal was not done, but he has gone to join a club battling against the drop.
Crewe are currently sat 23rd in the table after five games and have accrued one measly point, with Gomes’ former side Doncaster the only team below them. This shows that Gomes has only been able to attract serious interest from a team struggling at the foot of League One, which means that no other sides competing at the top end of the table believed that he would be an asset for them.
His performances for Doncaster last season were disappointing. He averaged a poor WhoScored rating of 6.49 across 22 appearances in League One, starting 11 of those matches. The midfielder averaged more losses of possession through poor control per game than he did dribbles and chances created combined, suggesting that he was a liability in the final third of the pitch as he gave the ball away more frequently than he made an impact going forward.
Defensively, he was fairly average. He managed 2.3 tackles and interceptions combined per game for Doncaster, which would place him 6th overall in the Charlton squad in the current campaign. He was also exposed aerially when defending his goal, as he lost a whopping 73% of his aerial battles in League One last season.
This could indicate why clubs higher up in the division refused to offer him a contract and he ended up joining struggling Crewe this week.
Therefore, Charlton made the right decision not to bring him into their squad for the campaign.