Psycho at England’s worst team




LOWDOWN From Dakar to Didsbury via Atletico Madrid, Mendes Gomes’ route to the Championsh­ip has been rather unconventi­onal. Born in Senegal, he moved to Lanzarote, then Madrid as a teenager – spending time with both Getafe and Atletico – before the family swapped sunny Spain for, er, Salford. Morecambe spotted him in 2018 during a spell with 10th- tier West Didsbury & Chorlton, and the versatile forward’s 15 league goals fired the Shrimps into League One last season. Luton won the fight for his signature over the summer.

HIGHLIGHT The emphatic penalty that earned Morecambe victory in last season’s League Two play- off final ( right). He loves the spectacula­r.

THEY SAID... “I haven’t seen anything like Mendes Gomes in all my years of developing players,” gushed former youth coach Bill Prendergas­t. “He does things differentl­y. He plays in a way that opens up defences.”

WHAT’S NEXT? Luton will be eyeing the play- offs and the 22- year- old adds firepower to a side that only plundered 41 goals last time out.

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