Sign Him Up: Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 5, 2016
The 25 year old was a key part in what was a fantastic tournament for Iceland; first off getting out of their group, then to beat England in the round of 16 was the icing on the cake. Unfortunately the dream had to end somewhere, France in the quarter-finals proved too much as they went crashing out 5-2.
Gudmundsson’s season with Charlton wasn’t the best, finishing 9 points below Rotherham and subsequently being relegated to the League 1. However, Gudmundsson really was the stand out player in what was an extremely inexperienced Charlton side.
I first saw Johann Berg Gudmundsson last season, he scored the 98th minute winner against Hull in what was a thriller at The Valley; he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile. Setting up Simon Makienok from a cross early in the second half, only to be cancelled out in the 89th minute by Abel Hernandez. Then, in the 8th minute of stoppage time at the end of the game, Gudmundsson popped up to score one of the latest goals I have ever witnessed.
The Icelandic international can play anywhere in the attack, on the right, on the left, down the middle, it really doesn’t matter, although he did spend much of last season down the right hand side where he managed 4 goals and 10 assists.
His creativity and vision is second to none, along with his fantastic ability from dead ball situations and a perfect delivery from wide positions, Gudmundsson is the all-round playmaker. Not to mention his capacity to shoot from distance.
Accumulating 11 goals and 4 assists in the 2014/15 campaign, followed up by 6 goals and 13 assists last season, Gudmundsson has proven that he is more than capable of competing at the upper end of the Championship, he would probably be a fantastic asset at the lower end of the Premier League too.