Southend United Under 18 player Charlie Kelman has had a dramatic few days, scoring a wonder goal in their 3-2 defeat against Plymouth before signing his first professional deal.
The 18-year-old scored 61 times for the Under 16 side last season and has already bagged 18 in 21 for the Under 18 side this time out, but one goal he’s scored must surely beat all of the others.
He unleashed a fearsome rocket from just inside his own half in the dying embers of the defeat on Saturday, comfortably one of the best goals you’ll see all season. It was placed to perfection and had enough power to beat the keeper who had managed to get back.
There are reports this morning that West Ham United are monitoring the younger, with scouts allegedly in the stands watching as his goal went in.
If that is the case, he could eclipse Dru Yearwood as the most valuable young talent in the Southend squad. Whatever they’re putting in the water at Roots Hall is clearly working, with two precious talents emerging at the same time.
Plenty of Shrimpers fans were taking to social media this week to congratulate the youngster on his achievement, as well as his new deal.
Best news I’ve heard in a long time! Great news for SUFC! Congratulations Charlie ??
— Matty Holland (@mattholland99) January 15, 2019
Congratulations Charlie, totally deserved x
— Angela hooper (@Ahoops26) January 15, 2019
Start him next game please @ChrisPowell1969
— Will (@Will_Schwarz_) January 15, 2019
Congratulations @CharlieKelman0 . In more than 50 years of watching football live ( including being at Wembley for the 1966 World Cup Final ) your goal on Saturday is one of the best, and certainly the longest, I’ve had the privilege to say “I was there!”
— Michael Jones (@BluesMike61) January 15, 2019
At last we sign a decent striker!! Congratulations Charlie look forward to seeing you start on Saturday.
— Mike Jolly (@djmikejolly) January 15, 2019
Absolutely buzzing for you Charlie well deserved cant wait to see you score more goals in blues shirt!!
— Thomas Jacob Newell (@Thomas_Newell01) January 15, 2019
Well done Charlie, fantastic goal, take some beating and possibly the most valuable goal of your career. Well done ????⚽️
— Steve P (@StevePo82384832) January 15, 2019
Smart move….gonna be worth a few quid.
— pUnKIP (@Aqwg556) January 15, 2019