Anyone that has seen Jeremy Sarmiento play for Charlton’s academy teams will not be surprised that we will sadly never get to see him play for the first team. The 16-year old midfielder is one of the hottest young prospects in the British Isles and his name has been a regular feature in sports pages. Now rumour has it that Benfica will pip Manchester City for his signature. Sarmiento has been in Lisbon discussing his future with Benfica.
Sarmiento was born in Madrid to Ecuadorian parents and moved to London at the age of seven with his family. Therefore he is able to play for anyone of those three countries. Steve Avory has nurtured him through the various academy teams and Sarmiento made his U23 debut last season and played for the England U16’s earlier this year.
Avory said this: “He likes to play out on that right-hand side but loves to come in off the line and get into little pockets of space, which is what we encourage in our system of play. He can also play the No 10 role. He is excellent at his age at manipulating the ball in tight areas, can go past players, which is very exciting, he can do that at pace and is a goalscorer.”
An article in The Sun back in May said that Charlton had slapped a £6m price tag on him and the club’s hierarchy (huh!) offered him a five-year contract. How true that is I have no idea. Hopefully he won’t walk out the door for nothing. It still galls me that we only got £3.5m for Joe Gomez.
As always I’d be interested in the thoughts on Sarmiento from those that follow our academy players closely.