According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, Andre Gomes’ future at Everton is far from certain heading into the January transfer window.
The 25-year-old is on loan at the Premier League outfit from Spanish giants Barcelona until the end of the season, although his impressive efforts in the heart of Marco Silva’s midfield have reportedly attracted the interest of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
And were the North London outfit to indeed beat the Toffees to the permanent signing of the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), Everton’s huge problem in the centre of midfield would rear its head once again.
Ultimately, the central midfield department has been something of an issue at Goodison Park for some time now, as although Idrissa Gueye is comfortably the best centre midfielder at the club, who partners him in the middle of the park has been far from certain.
The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies were given chances by Silva earlier in the campaign to stake their claim for a regular spot, with neither overly convincing of their capabilities, while James McCarthy’s rotten luck with injuries in the last 12 months suggests that his future could lie away from the blue half of Merseyside.
As such, Portugal international Gomes was brought in by manager Silva in a bid to plug that void in the centre of the pitch, and what a job he has done in doing just that in starting each of their last eight Premier League games, in which time he has helped the Toffees to three wins and three draws.
And in producing a midfield masterclass in the Merseyside derby at the start of December, it’s plainly obvious that Silva has a hugely talented central midfielder in his ranks, and one that has gone some way to solving the glaring problem in the middle of the park.
And that is why losing him to Pochettino’s Tottenham come the New Year is absolutely unthinkable, as not only would the club be losing one of their most talented players, but the central midfield problem would rear its head once again.
It’s clear that messrs Schneiderlin and Davies simply aren’t cut out at present to deliver the same level of performance as Gomes – the former may have started well at Everton upon arrival in 2017, but the fact he hasn’t featured for the club since October highlights just how far he is down the pecking order.
And with Davies’ last appearance also coming in that 2-1 win at Leicester a few months back, it’s evident that Silva doesn’t rate the duo highly – yet losing Gomes would likely force the Portuguese into playing at least one of them.
Ultimately, other than Senegal international Gueye, the fellow central midfield options at Goodison Park simply haven’t proven their worth to thus answer the club’s problem in the middle of the park – that was until Gomes came along.
As such, were they to lose the 25-year-old in January, they would be back to square one in that particular area of the pitch – that issue would no doubt rear its head once again.
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