Andre Gomes came on as a substitute for Everton against Tottenham Hotspur on the final day aware that, next season, he could be playing for the opposition.
Gomes has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs and Sport asserted earlier this week that a deal was all but done: personal terms, they believe, have been agreed and the player’s parent club, Barcelona, are ready to accept an offer in the region of €30million (£26m).
Gomes came on with the score at 1-0 to Spurs, replacing Idrissa Gueye in midfield.
Theo Walcott equalised for Everton shortly after before Cenk Tosun gave the Toffees an unlikely lead.
Gomes then gave away a free-kick on the edge of the box and Christian Eriksen scored, earning his side a point and securing qualification to the Champions League next season.
Gomes’ cameo was rather uneventful apart from his inadvertent assist, however.
Per WhoScored, he touched the ball just 23 times, made 18 passes, of which 15 were successful, and won one of the two aerial duels he contested.
He did not make a dribble, nor did he win a tackle or make an interception. He was dribbled past once.
If this was an audition, it did not go well.
It remains to be seen if a deal will actually be struck between Barcelona and Spurs for Gomes but there can be much agreement about the state of his career at Camp Nou prior to this season.
Everton’s signing of both Gomes and Yerry Mina appeared to rid Barca of two of their highest-profile flops and the former has yet to truly adjust to life in England.
Across a total of 29 appearances, he has scored one goal and provided two assists.
This is not a player who thrives in the final third, nor is he of intense physicality either, so replacing Mousa Dembele in the heart of Tottenham midfield looks to be a remarkably tough ask.
Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders with less adept players before; he may have to do so again here.
With the Argentine watching on from the sideline Gomes had the perfect opportunity to make a telling impression on Sunday.
But this was a stuttering audition which didn’t lend Pochettino reason to believe that the playmaker can make an impact in north London.
Perhaps Gomes has already done enough throughout the season to swing the decision in his favour.