The Chalkboard: Everton need more from Andre Gomes

Everton will travel to Cardiff City on Tuesday night looking for their first Premier League win since beating Huddersfield Town at the end last month.

And the Toffees need a big performance from Andre Gomes if they are to collect a hugely important three points from their trip to Wales.

The Chalkboard

Everton won the race to sign Gomes on loan from Barcelona last summer.

The midfielder missed the start of the season through injury, but has been an ever-present since the latter stages of October.

The 29-time Portugal international was very impressive when he first stepped into the team, but his performances have dropped over the last few weeks.

And Everton need much more from the 25-year-old over the next few months if they are to enjoy a successful end to the campaign.

Starting with the trip to Cardiff, the Toffees need Gomes to be brave and really take control of the battle in the middle of the park.

How has Gomes performed this season?

Nineteen Premier League appearances have brought one goal and one assist.

Those numbers are not exactly terrific, but his use of the ball was excellent between his debut against Crystal Palace and the early stages of December.

Gomes was on the scoresheet in the 3-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month, but struggled against Watford last time out.

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Indeed, according to WhoScored, Gomes only made one tackle and did not win a single header before being replaced by Theo Walcott in the second period.

The fact that Cardiff were thumped by Watford on Friday night makes it an even tougher task for an Everton team seriously out of form.

Gomes is a wonderful talent, but the Toffees need so much more from the Portuguese, starting with Tuesday’s clash in Wales.