Lynden Gooch: “I’m Good Enough”

Lynden Gooch: “I’m Good Enough”
Sep 21, 2016

Sunderland

Ahead of Sunderland’s EFL Cup game against Queens-Park-Rangers, Academy Of Light graduate Lynden Gooch had an interview with The Guardian on his Premier League adventure.

Along with many of football’s greatest players, Lynden was born with a football at his feet. With his ever-developing technical ability in crossing and dribbling clear to see, it’s not surprising. He was quoted saying “As soon as I could walk, I had a football with me”. His ambitions were always clear. He was going to be a football player. It was always his “dream as a kid”.

It looks to be showing in his heartened performances recently, too. He’s showed quality in each position David Moyes has played him in, he’s had as many changes in position as he has had in games. Playing in center-midfield, left midfield, and as a more advanced attacking midfielder on the left, and down the middle.

The Santa Cruz-born Irish-American has had a long enough history with Sunderland and really is considered one of the club’s own after being with the club for 10 years, joining in 2006. He isn’t looking to go anywhere soon either, he signed a Sam Allardyce inspired 3-year deal over the course of last season, keeping him at the club until 2019.

I knew I was good enough from a young age,” said the assured twenty-year-old, extending “I was really confident. I had no doubts, without even training at Sunderland or knowing anyone. I think that’s a big part of it. If you have the confidence in your ability, anything can happen“.

Two out of the three Gooch brothers, Darshan and Anthony made up a football mad household after growing up with the sport in their blood. However, the two decided not to make a living out of it, with the latter sibling having a trial at current Sunderland boss David Moyes’ Everton, before eventually deciding his college education came first.

After starting every Premier League game this season, however, I doubt Lynden has many regrets about jumping on a two-year scholarship with the north-east club, at age 16.

Homesickness struck and was defeated, as he signed a professional contract with the club. After thriving in the youth team, he was ready to strike his way up the big-leagues. He loved the club, and after his professional debut against Exeter, his comments suggested just that:

“I love it here, it means a lot to me, and to go out on the pitch was the greatest achievement of my life”

The experience must have been an inspiration to him, knocking on the door of the first team ever since. Along with some injuries working in his favour, and some poor form he’s finally got his chance. But it’s not only him impressing he says, as “more under under-21’s are training with the first team than ever before”, and with Joel Asoro, Rees Greenwood, Tommy Robson and Duncan Watmore having their debuts made, and considerations for the first team, he may not be wrong. Garnering attention from his national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann this week, after suggesting it was “wonderful” to see a young American player breaking through in the biggest-money league in the world.

Bigger things await for the little player then, and if he keeps his place in the first team, he’s sure to force the ‘States boss’ hand into submission at some point.

So, From The Stands readers, have you seen Lynden Gooch play? What are your thoughts on him? Leave a comment, or talk to us on our twitter page with your opinions!

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