Morgaro Gomis

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Morgaro Gomis
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Gomis signing autographs in Birmingham City's 2011 pre-season
Personal information
Full name Morgaro Lima Gomis[1]
Date of birth (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Le Blanc-Mesnil, France[2]
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3][4]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kelantan
Number 21
Youth career
Montpellier
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Windsor & Eton 18 (1)
2005 Dagenham & Redbridge 0 (0)
2005 Windsor & Eton 5 (0)
2005 Barnet 0 (0)
2005–2006 Lewes 14 (1)
2006–2007 Cowdenbeath 15 (2)
2007–2011 Dundee United 150 (6)
2011–2013 Birmingham City 31 (0)
2013–2014 Dundee United 16 (0)
2014–2016 Heart of Midlothian 58 (1)
2016 Motherwell (loan) 11 (0)
2016- Kelantan 1 (0)
National team
2009 Senegal 2 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 15, 2016.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of July 13, 2016

Morgaro Lima Gomis (born 14 July 1985) is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for Malaysian club Kelantan, as a defensive midfielder.[5]

Starting his career in France, Gomis spent most of his early career in English non-League football before moving to Scottish Football League side Cowdenbeath. His performances earned him a move to Dundee United in January 2007, where he exceeded expectations and was young player of the year for 2007–08. He was part of the Dundee United side that won the Scottish Cup in 2010 and was the first African to have played 100 times for the club. He left the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season to join Football League Championship side Birmingham City. Gomis left Birmingham City in July 2013, having made 43 appearances for the club. He then rejoined Dundee United for a season before signing for Hearts in 2014.In 2016 he was loaned to Motherwell and make 10 appearances for the club before joining Kelantan in July 2016.

Although born in Paris and self-identifying as French, Gomis represents Senegal at international level, for whom he qualifies through his Senegalese parents.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gomis was at Montpellier in his youth and had unsuccessful trials with Chelsea, Freiburg and Lausanne-Sport.

England[edit]

Gomis spent several years playing in English non-League football. In 2004, he signed for Windsor & Eton and featured in 18 league matches, scoring once. In January 2005, Gomis moved to Dagenham & Redbridge[6] but the move quickly became controversial after an agent became involved in a contract row with the club. Gomis left in March 2005 without making an appearance and rejoined Windsor,[7] playing in five matches before the end of the season. Gomis had a short stay with Barnet at the start of the 2005–06 season[8] – where he featured in a matchday squad once as an unused substitute[9] – but his month-to-month contract was not renewed[10] and he moved to Lewes. He made his debut in a 5–2 defeat of Weston-super-Mare on 15 October – the club website's match report suggested that manager Steve King "may well have unearthed another little gem in Morgaro Gomis, whose contribution after arriving on the field as a 55th minute substitute was key to the eventual success."[11] – and played in fourteen Conference South matches, scoring once, during the season.[9]

Cowdenbeath[edit]

In July 2006, Gomis moved to Scotland and joined Cowdenbeath who at the time were managed by Mixu Paatelainen.[12] While at the Central Park club, Gomis scored twice: he "floated home a delightful shot from 20 yards high into the visitors' net" in a 4–2 win against Peterhead and a stoppage-time header to secure a 3–2 win at home to Forfar Athletic.[13]

Dundee United[edit]

Gomis playing for Dundee United

On 8 December, just four months after his Cowdenbeath debut, Gomis agreed a move to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United and joined in January 2007, signing until the end of the following season. Such was Gomis's earlier-than-expected impact – manager Craig Levein had said upon signing him that he would not go straight into the first team[14] – that he was given a two-year extension to his contract in September 2007.[15] In January 2009, Gomis received a further extension to his contract. Gomis received the first winner's medal of his senior career as a member of the Dundee United squad that won the 2010 Scottish Cup Final against Ross County.[16]

In April 2011, manager Peter Houston indicated that he expected Gomis to leave at the end of the season because the club was unable to match the player's demands.[17]

Birmingham City[edit]

On 16 June 2011, Championship club Birmingham City completed the signing of free agent Gomis on a two-year deal.[18] He made his debut in the Football League on the opening day of the 2011–12 season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County.[19] At home to Millwall, Gomis, described by the Telegraph's reporter as "combin[ing] industry with silky passes from his deep-lying central midfield position", played a "deliciously weighted pass" behind the defence from which Jean Beausejour crossed for Chris Wood to open the scoring.[20]

In May 2013, Birmingham confirmed that they were not going to take up their option to extend Gomis' contract, so he was to leave the club at the end of the season when his existing deal expired.[21]

Return to Dundee United[edit]

After training with the club for several weeks, Gomis rejoined Dundee United on 10 October 2013; he signed a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[22] He made his first appearance on 26 October, in a 4–0 victory against St Mirren.[23] On 12 April 2014, he came on as a substitute in the Scottish Cup semifinal at Ibrox as United defeated Rangers 3–1, progressing to the final,[24] in which he was an unused substitute as Dundee United lost 2-0 to St Johnstone.[25] With John Rankin and Paul Paton an established pairing in midfield, Gomis struggled for game time.[26] He made only five starts and sixteen substitute appearances in all competitions,[23] and was among nine players to be released by the club upon expiry of their contracts at the end of the season.[27]

Heart of Midlothian[edit]

On 12 June 2014, Gomis signed for Heart of Midlothian on a three-year contract, becoming the first signing under new management of Robbie Neilson, as well as the first signing since Hearts came out of administration.[28] On 30 November, he was sent off in the eighth minute of Hearts' Scottish Cup fourth-round match at home to Celtic for a two-footed challenge on Scott Brown; Hearts lost the match 4–0.[29]

In February 2016, Gomis moved on loan to fellow Scottish Premiership club Motherwell until the end of the season.[30][31]

Kelantan[edit]

On 11 July 2016, Gomis signed for Kelantan on a one-year contract, becoming the second signing of Kelantan for second transfer window under the new head coach, Velizar Popov.[32]

International career[edit]

In March 2009, Gomis received his first international call-up, being named in Senegal's squad for friendly matches against Oman and Iran.[33] Having been born in France of Senegalese parents, Gomis had always considered himself to be French, but was reportedly "flattered and surprised" by the call-up. Having initially said he would consider carefully whether to accept,[34] he later announced his decision to play for Senegal. He made his debut that week in the starting eleven against Oman, a 2–0 defeat, and played as a substitute in the 1–1 draw with Iran.[35]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 July 2016
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Windsor and Eton 2004–05[36] Isthmian League Premier Div. 23 1 23 1
Lewes 2005–06[9] Conference South 14 1 14 1
Cowdenbeath 2006–07[37] Scottish League Second Div. 15 2 0 0 2 0 2[a] 0 19 2
Dundee United 2006–07[37] Scottish Premier League 12 0 0 0 12 0
2007–08[38] Scottish Premier League 36 1 3 0 5 1 44 2
2008–09[39] Scottish Premier League 37 0 2 0 4 0 43 0
2009–10[40] Scottish Premier League 31 4 6 0 2 0 39 4
2010–11[41][42] Scottish Premier League 34 1 4 0 2 0 2[b] 0 42 1
Total 150 6 15 0 13 1 2 0 180 7
Birmingham City 2011–12[43] Championship 16 0 5 0 1 0 2[b] 0 24 0
2012–13[44] Championship 15 0 2 0 2 0 19 0
Total 31 0 7 0 3 0 2 0 43 0
Dundee United 2013–14[23] Scottish Premiership 16 0 4 0 1 0 21 0
Heart of Midlothian 2014–15[45] Scottish Championship 34 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 37 1
2015–16[46] Scottish Premiership 17 0 0 0 4 0 21 0
Total 51 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 58 1
Motherwell (loan) 2015–16[46] Scottish Premiership 8 0 8 0
Kelantan 2016 Malaysia Super League 1 0 1 0 2 0
Career total 309 11 27 0 25 1 7 0 368 12
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Scottish League Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League

Honours[edit]

Dundee United
Heart of Midlothian

References[edit]

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