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Why Everton mustn’t overspend on Andre Gomes

Sunday 28th April 2019
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Everton needs Andre Gomes. They’ve helped him tremendously. And he’s paid back in equal measure. In fact, the Portuguese has become indispensable for the Merseysiders, which is why they want him on a permanent basis.

Per Transfermarkt, Everton spent £89.82 million on new arrivals in 2018/19. Of that figure, £2million was paid into Barcelona’s coffers for a season-long loan deal involving Gomes. At the time, that transfer was a huge gamble from an Everton perspective. Gomes had flopped terribly at Barca following his big-money move from Valencia. On varying occasions the 25-year-old performed so poorly, he got booed by the Catalan crowd. Everton was an out.

Gomes found a void to fill at Everton; Davy Klaassen’s departure to Werder Bremen necessitated an attack-minded central midfielder. Despite the incoming Bernard. What that meant for Gomes was more playing time than he ever got at Catalonia. It was a rare opportunity to prove he wasn’t as bad as branded by the Blaugrana faithful.

Gomes hasn’t set the stage alight at Merseyside, but he’s made a fine impression in the Premier League. The Euro 2016 Champion has formed an enviable partnership with Idrissa Gueye at the centre of Everton’s midfield. That partnership has afforded more freedom to someone like Gylfi Sigurdsson – it’s unsurprising the Icelandic has plundered 13 goals for Everton in the top-tier; plus five assists.

Gomes himself has found a firm believer in Everton boss Marcos Silva.

“He's [Silva] given me the confidence to keep moving forward and to be happy.” Gomes.

The same happiness that evaporated from Gomes over two years at Barca has taken one to condense in England. That feeling has positively influenced his performance. Still, there’s no place for him at Barcelona.

But the Catalans have kept an eagle eye on their asset. They know the progress he’s made. They understand Everton wants to keep him permanently. Not just the Toffees, are interested, either...

Reports indicate Gomes is a wanted man by a few top teams in England – Arsenal and Spurs have been mentioned. In La Liga, Valencia would welcome him back with open arms. All these have stemmed from Gomes’ decent performances over the last nine months

Don’t go big

Barcelona has insisted they will sell Gomes to the highest bidder at season’s end. There’s an amicable relationship between La Liga Champions and the Toffees. Transfers like Gerard Deulofeu, recently Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne come to mind. In the case of Gomes, however, Barca wants money. Plenty of it.

Because Silva has quickly become a big fan of Gomes, the temptation would be to spend heavily to get his man. With good reason, he shouldn’t.

Gomes hasn’t hit the heights he attained before he left Los Che for Barcelona in 2016. Although he’s been a joy to watch at Everton.

There’s an important ingredient making Gomes shine. The name is Gueye. Compared to Gomes (1.5), the Senegalese make 4.3 tackles per game (Whoscored). Everton must understand who the real lynchpin in their midfield is.

The Blues will be overpaying if the shell out anything above £20million for Gomes. He’s not prolific like Sigurdsson. Nor does he have the tenacity of Gueye.

Gomes scored a good goal against Wolves but hasn’t come near the scoresheet since. Everton can use the funds to find someone else. Like Jack Grealish perhaps. Or pry Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

Andre Gomes has enjoyed a laudable first season at Everton. He’s stayed injury free and pushed Morgan Schneiderlin down the pecking order. Yet, he remains fragile and a gamble. Everton must consider other options before going big on another potential one season wonder.

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Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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