Portuguese international Andre Gomes was one of three players to join Everton from Barcelona in the summer after the Merseyside club appointed Marco Silva as their new manager, and it’s safe to say that the 25-year-old midfielder has settled in well at Goodison Park.
Gomes has a prestigious list of clubs on his CV, having played at Benfica and Valencia before joining Barca in 2016 off the back of his performances in the victorious Portugal side at the European Championships that summer.
Things didn’t work out in Catalonia though and after his first season, he was voted as the worst signing of that campaign by the readers of Marca. Everton then have become the beneficiaries of this misfortune, and what a player they have got.
After overcoming a slight injury from the summer, Gomes made his debut in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, and he has since played six times in the Premier League for the Toffees.
Although they eventually lost the game, Everton fans would have been delighted with his performance in last weekend’s Merseyside derby, as Gomes shone alongside Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
Gomes was constantly looking forward and playing on the half-turn, and his ability to run with the ball with such close control allowed Everton to get up the Anfield pitch on a number of occasions.
Silva is an attack-minded manager, and Gomes seems to be the perfect central midfielder to carry out his plans of getting the ball forward quickly to his extremely pacy forward players Richarlison and Theo Walcott.
The former Watford and Hull boss took over from Sam Allardyce in the summer, and the football couldn’t be more different. The Blue side of Liverpool are reaping the benefits too and currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League table.
Silva’s reputation for good football was surely one of the reasons that Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Gomes all made the move from Barcelona, and it is surely a welcome relief for Everton fans that the club are finally buying players who are ready-made and fit the system, rather than needing time to adapt and improve.
Recent performances, with the result against Liverpool aside, have proven that a new era is underway at Everton, and Gomes’ style of play and his journey to end up on Merseyside perfectly personify what is happening at the club.