Young West Ham United midfielder Jay Mingi has agreed terms to join Charlton Athletic this summer, according to Football Insider.
The outlet claims that the 18-year-old is all set to join Lee Bowyer’s team, having been told he will be released by the Hammers after 11 years with the club when his contact expires at the end of June.
Mingi has undergone a successful trial with the League One play off finalists and now looks to have secured an encouraging post-Hammers move.
This is positive news for young Mingi. It’s clear that it wasn’t going to work out for him at the London Stadium, where it had clearly been determined that he wasn’t good enough to make the grade. However, that doesn’t mean his footballing career is over and he’s obviously moved quickly to secure his next move. Charlton will be a good club for him. They are an upwardly mobile team with an excellent young manager in Bowyer. They could even be playing Championship football next season if they overcome Sunderland in the League One play off final. Obviously Mingi’s chances of first team football will be a lot higher at the Valley than they would have been if he’d stayed with West Ham, so this makes sense for all parties. It’s always difficult to part with players who have been a part of your academy for years and years, but the Hammers did the right thing by informing Mingi of their decision and giving him time to find his next club.