Jordi Gómez

Jordi Gómez García-Penche (born 24 May 1985) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Wigan Athletic in England, as a central midfielder. Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Gómez emerged through FC Barcelona's youth ranks, and completed his formation with neighbours RCD Espanyol. He made his professional debut with the latter, on 23 March 2008, a 0–4 away defeat against Real Murcia, appearing in a further two La Liga matches. On 6 June 2008, Gómez signed for Swansea City of the Football League Championship on a season-long loan, for a fee of £200,000. Clubmate Albert Serrán also made the move, albeit in a permanent situation. Gómez scored the winning goal with a deflected direct free kick against rivals Cardiff City on 23 September, in the first South Wales derby for seven years. He was described by scouts as having "a lovely ability to receive the ball in space or if he is marked tightly, find space after his first touch". Gómez finished the season with 14 goals in all competitions, and returned to Espanyol, being immediately sold to Premier League team Wigan Athletic on a three-year contract on 19 June 2009, with the transfer fee estimated to be in the region of £1.7 million. The...

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