Everton are incredibly guilty of handing obscene amounts of money to sub-standard players, with the 2019 summer transfer window particularly notorious for how many players were tied down to big wages on long-term contracts.
Andre Gomes was signed for £22m following a relatively successful loan spell in which he endeared himself to the Goodison faithful.
The Portugal international offered a hint of class and swagger that the Toffees had otherwise lacked in their midfield for some time.
However, as much as he flattered to deceive, he was unable to add goals and assists to his game which inevitably proved a step too far.
This further supported the statement made by journalist Muhammad Butt, who took to Twitter to claim: “André Gomes is useless in attack and it is incredibly frustrating.”
He had been at the club for 166 weeks as of this summer until he was finally shipped out on loan to LOSC Lille.
It offered some respite to the man who had been rinsing the club of £112k-per-week.
In total, he has cost the club around £40.5m, and for his return, this marks a simply horrendous piece of business.
As well as Mina, that summer Bernard was also brought in on a free. He too was handed an astronomical wage of £120k-per-week, outlining just how financially damaging this summer turned out to be; especially considering how none of these players have really contributed that highly to the club.
For Gomes, his time on Merseyside was a tale of incredible misfortune. Whilst his statistics let him down, he was performing at a level higher than most in the squad before his horrific ankle break which saw him ruled out for 109 days.
Upon his return, he never managed to return to his old levels. He had lost the explosiveness that made him a dynamic yet classy option in midfield, and from then it was the beginning of the end.
With his contract set to expire at the end of this season, it brings to an end a promising yet miserable spell.
All things considered; Gomes had the talents to be a success at Goodison Park. However, for the money he was engulfing, he did not come close to producing the output to justify it. Ultimately, he must go down as yet another transfer failure.