Third division football for Ndong
After being sacked by Sunderland last month when he finally returned to the Academy of Light, Didier Ndong has had to return to Gabon already due to the expiry of his residence card.
The midfielder’s permit was up in August and due to no longer having an employment contract, his residence card will not be renewed which has forced the 25-year-old to return to his native country.
According to Gabonese outlet iSport, Ndong has joined a third division club in the nation’s capital and, according to a source, the player is facing financial difficulties.
Although the name of the club is not mentioned in the report, Ndong did found a club in Gabon’s third division last year called Club Sportif de Libreville.
This alleged deal marks a potentially interesting culmination in what has been a long, arduous affair in which neither party has seen any real sense of resolution.
Another youngster in demand
Since our relegation to League One, clubs have pushed to snap up some of our most promising academy products.
We have already seen Sam Greenwood depart for Arsenal and Liverpool being strongly linked with a move for Luca Stephenson, as reports suggested that they had agreed a fee of £500,000 for the young midfielder.
Now it seems another young starlet may be on the move, with the Sun claiming Manchester United hope to lure the England under-15 goalkeeper Adam Richardson to Old Trafford and are looking to pay a similar fee for this services.
And while it may seem unfair that bigger clubs eye up our youngsters like carrion circling a corpse, the interest in our youth products does go some way to highlighting how good some of the youngsters on our doorstep really are.
Hopefully, though, as we move forward and find progress, then we can begin to keep hold of out better youngsters, and that the likes of Gooch, Honeyman, Hume, Maja, and Mumba will serve as inspiration in the coming years.