Andre Gomes has now made four Premier League appearances for Everton following a loan move from Barcelona, and it would be fair to say that the midfielder has made a positive impression on the English club’s supporters.
The 25-year-old has shown his class at Goodison Park, improving Marco Silva’s side in more ways than one, which has been reflected by their results.
Everton have won two of their four Premier League matches since Gomes stepped into the first team, with their only defeat occurring away at Manchester United.
The Toffees held an impressive Chelsea side to a goalless draw on Sunday afternoon, and Gomes was once again impressive in the middle of the park.
Gomes made 31 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona last term, but largely struggled to make his mark, and it soon became clear that he would not be part of Ernesto Valverde’s plans for the 2018-19 campaign.
Everton were fortunate to sign a player who was outstanding during his two seasons at Valencia between 2014 and 2016, and one who could yet become a first-team star for Barcelona.
Gomes went public in admitting his struggles at Barcelona, and it was not a surprise when the Portuguese left ahead of the new season. The midfielder is enjoying his time at Everton, however, and has made a huge difference to their team.
Gomes keeps the ball. He receives it under pressure, and moves it on. It sounds simple, but that is what Everton lacked in the early stages of the campaign.
There is nothing overly complicated about Gomes’ work, and that was the case against Chelsea. There were no standout moments, but with a pass success rate of 87.8% (WhoScored) in his four Everton appearances, that tells the story.
Gomes scored nine times during his time at Valencia, and managed three for Barcelona last term. Those statistics suggest that he will pop up with the odd goal or two for Everton, but it is his midfield work that will improve the Toffees.
There is a serious, serious footballer in there somewhere, and it has not taken too long for the Everton fans to realise why Barcelona brought the 29-time Portugal international to Camp Nou.