Against Arsenal last time out, there was a welcome sight for Everton.
Andre Gomes, a man who hadn’t featured in the Premier League since breaking his leg against Tottenham back in November, made his long-awaited return in front of the Toffees supporters at the Emirates.
While he surely wouldn’t have been expected to do too much given the circumstances – it was perhaps more a case of easing him back into action gently – the Portugal international actually played very well in his 31 minutes on the pitch.
The former Barcelona man won two fouls, and played a handful of effective over-the-top through balls in a cameo that showed no signs of rustiness whatsoever.
As a result, Carlo Ancelotti now has the perfect excuse to drop a player who has been performing poorly.
The Iceland international was criticised by Gary Neville live on air for his performance against the Gunners, in which he failed to add to his already underwhelming tally of one goal and two assists this season.
He was hammered by some Everton fans on Twitter for his showing against Arsenal, and it wasn’t the first time he has been slammed by them this term.
The former Tottenham man was also lambasted for displays against Liverpool and Norwich earlier this season – he quite simply hasn’t been at it this year, with WhoScored handing him a mere 6.72 rating in the Premier League for his efforts so far.
Now that Gomes is back, however, Ancelotti has an excuse to drop the No.10.
The former Valencia star can now come into the midfield, alongside any of Morgan Schneiderlin, Fabian Delph or Tom Davies, and allow Sigurdsson to have some time out of the limelight which he quite clearly needs, so that he can rediscover the form which made Everton part with £45m to sign him in the first place.
In other news, these Everton fans have been drooling over a player who is better than the Toffees’ entire midfield…