Name: John-Kymani Gordon
Club: Crystal Palace
Date of Birth: 13 February 2003
John-Kymani Gordon – his career so far
At the age of just 17, John-Kymani Gordon is one of the Crystal Palace talents that are yet to experience life in the senior world of football but have so far looked promising enough to warrant a clear place on this list. The young centre-forward is growing fast but is not at the right level required to compete in the English top-flight.
Gordon was scouted back when he was just a kid playing for Purley Panthers and was scooped up by the Eagles at the age of eight, slotting right into their academy. But it was difficult to keep him at the same level for too long.
The youngster advanced through the ranks so quickly that he was handed his debut with the Crystal Palace U18s when he was only 15 years of age, that’s how good he already was at that point. Even though we are still talking about a 17-year-old talent, Gordon has already had some memorable moments defending the Eagles’ colours.
His very first goal for Palace’s U18 squad was a last-gasp winner against Charlton, sealing the victory after an incredible effort, and we shouldn’t forget his equaliser in April against Barcelona in the quarter-final of the Mediterranean International Cup for players born in 2003.
In 2018/19, he registered 18 appearances for the U18 and even participated in some games for the U23s in the current 2019/20 campaign, tallying six starts and two substitute appearances with two goals under his belt as well.
The remaining 15 games – nine starts, six substitute appearances – were played for the U18s and he bagged another two goals for himself too. For a player that young and still developing, it’s pretty safe to say that he’s been progressing quite well so far.
Let’s see what the future holds for the Eagles’ big talent.
When dealing with such a young player with no exposure to the senior squads just yet, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that there are currently no transfer rumours or transfer news connected to Gordon at this very moment.
At the start of the season, he was confirmed as part of the Crystal Palace team for 2019/20 but it seems that his immediate future is still very much tied with the club. Of course, no Crystal Palace news is suggesting that he may be on course towards reaching the first team soon but we shouldn’t discard that possibility either.
He was, however, included in Guardian’s Top 20 young talents of the Premier League clubs for the year 2019, which is definitely a big honour and a testament to his potential.
Gordon is primarily a centre-forward and as such, he will mostly operate through the central channels. But it’s quite interesting to note that the youngster is well capable of slotting onto the flanks and adding support and quality to his team’s attack through the wider areas.
He has a keen eye for goal and is known for driving at the opposition with pace and intent, often leaving them unable to cope with his smart and quick movement. His close control and excellent hold-up ability also mean it’s difficult to snatch the ball away from him and successfully repel his attacks.
Gordon can also swivel around the defenders, dribbling his way through blocks and then placing a perfect shot to rattle the inside of the net. As we’ve also seen from the previous sections, he has a knack of coming in clutch and coming to life in on the biggest of occasions.
The future sure looks bright if the talent can be groomed properly.
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