Wanderers get their man

7 Sep 2023 02:16
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CARLOS Mendes Gomes is looking to play his part in Wanderer’s bid for Championship football after signing a three-year deal.
The forward became the Whites’ seventh signing of the summer when he arrived from newly-promoted Premier League Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking after signing he told the club’s official website: “It’s a massive club with massive objectives and hopefully we can meet that this season.
“I went on loan last year and did pretty well and at the age I am right now I want to be playing regular football.
“Out of all the options I had, I thought Bolton would be the best decision and I’m delighted to be here.”
His signing marked a return to the North West after he started his EFL career with Morecambe and then spent a successful loan spell with Fleetwood Town.
Mendes Gomes’ performances – and goals – in a three-year stay at Morecambe earned him a move to the Championship with Luton in June.
The versatile forward, who has played in the central attacking midfield positions as well as a centre-forward and out wide, helped Luton reach the Championship play-offs in 2021/22.
After a goal-scoring League Cup appearance for the Hatters at the start of last season, he then spent the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Fleetwood, where he scored nine goals in 37 appearances.
The Senegal-born player – a Spanish national who grew up in Manchester and was first spotted playing for West Didsbury and Chorlton in the North-West Counties League – has been a long-standing target for the Whites.
Manager Ian Evatt said: “He’s someone who has been on our radar for a long time.
“Carlos is coming to us from a Premier League club with experience of playing in the Championship and League One.
“He’s a proven performer in our current division and, at just 24, someone we believe is capable of going higher again and progessing on this journey with us.”

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