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Everton: Lampard must get rid of Andre Gomes this summer

Everton have had a disappointing season that has seen them compete in a rollercoaster relegation fight over the last few months, and with two Premier League games left to go they are still in a vulnerable position.

Despite a two-point cushion on the bottom three, the Toffees squandered their opportunity to secure safety in their game against Brentford on Sunday at Goodison Park in their first loss in four games.

Frank Lampard’s side went down to nine-men by the time the whistle had blown, and will now need to hope they can pick up results in their final fixtures this week.

Many players have clearly underperformed to put Everton in this position, but one player in particular who featured in the self-destructive performance against Brentford was Andre Gomes.

Lampard was left with no choice but to make changes to his recently in-form midfield as both Donny van de Beek and Fabian Delph are out with injuries, so the manager made the decision to play Gomes for the first time in eight games and it surely wasn’t the right one when you consider his lack of impact and positive influence in the centre of the pitch.

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According to SofaScore, the Portuguese midfielder who was branded “ridiculous” by Sky Sports pundit Gary Birtles, only made 78% accurate passes completing just 14 in total. He also made no tackles or interceptions, was dribbled past and made an error leading to a shot, proving he was simply a passenger in the game before being brought back to the bench in the 72nd minute.

This isn’t a one off for Gomes either and the game against Brentford was simply a reflection of the midfielder’s lack of presence and effectiveness throughout the season in his 13 appearances. He the ball every 3.8 touches on average, failed to win the majority of both his ground and aerial duels (62%) and was dribbled past by opponents 1.8 times on average.

Should Everton sell Andre Gomes?

Yes

Yes

No

No

With that being said, the Toffees boss clearly doesn’t see a future for the 28-year-old giving him just three opportunities over the last 15 games so if he can make some money by selling the player this summer, it would be the best outcome for Everton going forward.

AND in other news: Talks ongoing: Major Everton transfer development will leave supporters fuming

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