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WIGAN ATHLETIC PLAYER PROFILES

JORDI GOMEZ
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UPDATED 07:27 17th July 2012

Jordi Gomez rejoined Latics on Wednesday 17 August following a two-year spell away from the DW Stadium at Sunderland.

The cultured Spanish midfielder initially joined Latics in July 2009 after a successful loan spell at the then Championship side Swansea City under former Latics manager Roberto Martinez.

Gomez returned to his parent club RCD Espanyol having scored 12 goals in 44 games for the Swans and being named in the 2008/2009 Championship Team of the Year. Such were his impressive performances as a creator and provider in midfield that Martinez saw fit to bring him to the DW Stadium.

The former Barcelona youth player battled his way into the first team at the start of the 2011/2012 season after a mixed first two seasons at the club. 

2011 saw him score some crucial goals for the club as he netted in the 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers; the penalty that drew Latics level in their 2-1 away win at Sunderland and he also earned four points for the club in December 2011 with a penalty winner against West Bromwich Albion and a dramatic late equaliser at the DW to claim a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.

Despite the competition for places that became apparent in the final stages of the season, when called upon Gomez did his duty and helped Latics to a famous 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal, with an assist for Franco di Santo’s opener, followed up by a goal for himself that eventually proved to be the winner.

In the 2012/13 season Gomez mounted up his goal tally and ended the campaign with his highest total since joining the club of eight.

His season started with a thumping long range effort against Nottingham Forest in the Capital One Cup, which was followed up by a coolly taken penalty in the next round of the competition against West Ham United.

Without a Premier League goal to his name until November, Gomez made his mark as Latics won dramatically 3-2 against Reading with the Spanish midfielder scoring a perfect hat-trick.

He went on to score a further three goals, all of which were in the FA Cup as he equalised in the third round against AFC Bournemouth, sent Latics through to the fifth round with an early penalty against Macclesfield Town and rounded off the three goals in three minutes in the quarter final victory over Everton.

Following Latics' relegation from the Premier League, Gomez enjoyed a successful 2013/14 season, scoring 11 goals in all competitions, including the club's first ever European away goal and two more FA Cup goals, in the quarter final victory over Manchester City and Latics' second consecutive semi-final appearance against Arsenal.

Before his move from Spain to the United Kingdom, Gomez had experience at both Barcelona B and Espanyol B, totalling over 100 appearances between the two. 

He earned his way into the Espanyol first team by March 2008 making his debut against Real Murcia before making his move to Wales just three months later.