Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative is gathering pace after sealing a first Championship signing.
Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore has put his club’s on-pitch struggles to one side to become the 20th player to pledge that they he will give up one per cent of his salary to help football charities across the globe.
Mata helped to kick off the initiative, run by global outfit Streetfootballworld, in August. It promises to pool all of the donated salaries to help football charities all over the world with causes as diverse as gender equality in India and refugee integration in Germany.
Im delighted to welcome Duncan Watmore as the 20th member on the common goal team! It’s great to see Duncan who has represented England at u20 & u21 level come and join us in common goal.
— charlie daniels (@chazdaniels13) November 9, 2017
Mackems youth product Watmore has just returned to action from a torn ligament injury that kept him out of action for almost a year.
In that time, he has watched Sunderland finish bottom of the Premier League before slipping to the same spot in the Championship table.