Gomes stated in the video that he’s “recovered the feeling of just enjoying playing football” while with the Toffees, as well as noting how personally important the move has been for him.
The Portugal international hooked up with Marco Silva’s men in the summer 2018 transfer window on a season-long loan from Barcelona, where he was struggling for playing time under Ernesto Valverde.
Without setting the English top flight alight in his first campaign, Gomes has quietly impressed on Merseyside, endearing himself to the club’s fan base and catching his manager’s eye.
The concept of purchasing Gomes in the summer is a bullet that the Toffees must get out of the way of.
Even in today’s market, the fee that Barca want is a big one and would be a sizeable risk, with Everton having earned a reputation for not spending large sums of money wisely in recent windows.
The Portuguese has operated mainly as a deep-lying central midfielder in royal blue so far and his stats certainly don’t scream that he’s worth £34.1 million, just one goal and one assist in 23 league appearances.
Everton’s transfer policy has to change, instead of splashing out huge fees on stars that haven’t really proved they’re worth the money, they need to start looking more internally when the transfer window rolls around.
In Gomes’ position, for instance, they have homegrown Tom Davies, a perfect fit going forward who’s even proved himself a leader by stepping in as captain this season.
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Unless he can show something truly special between now and the end of this term, Gomes would simply be another big-name, big-money signing that doesn’t quite live up to his billing on Merseyside.