According to a recent report from The Daily Telegraph, Tottenham are interested in a move for midfielder Andre Gomes.
The 25-year-old is currently on the books at Spanish heavyweights Barcelona but is playing his football at Premier League outfit Everton this season following a loan move in the summer, with it clear that his impressive start to life at Goodison Park has attracted the interest of Spurs chief Mauricio Pochettino.
And that’s because reports suggest that the Argentine is lining up a January move for the 25-year-old, a move which must send alarm bell ringing around Everton and manager Marco Silva, as losing Gomes to a top six rival would underline just how far behind the Toffees really are.
Ultimately, new Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has spent a lot of money in recent times to try and take the Toffees to the next level in the Premier League, and with a new stadium to come in the near future, the future certainly seems bright on the blue half of Merseyside.
However, they have failed to finish inside the division’s top six since their fifth place effort under Roberto Martinez back in the 2013/14 – even the year Leicester City won the league, in which the Premier League was all over the place, the Toffees could only finish 11th.
And despite spending big money on the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Cenk Tosun, and Davy Klaassen in years gone by, the Merseysiders haven’t really bridged the gap to the top six teams in the league, finishing eighth and 14 points behind sixth place Arsenal last term.
Yes, things do appear to be heading in the right direction under Silva this time round, but one still senses that there is still a long way to go before the Toffees are regularly competing with the top six.
And they would be even further away were they to let Gomes join Spurs.
The 25-year-old has been an absolute revelation since returning from injury for Everton back in October, starting each of their last eight Premier League matches, and helping the Toffees to three wins and three draws in that time.
And with plenty of mightily impressive displays among those eight games, not least against Liverpool in the Merseyside derby at the start of December, it’s clear that Everton have themselves a midfield gem – the sort of gem that wouldn’t look out of place in a top six team.
And that itself is where the problem lies – Everton aren’t yet a top six team, and won’t become a top six team unless they retain players like Gomes.
Yet Spurs have regular European football, one of the most highly-rated managers in the country in Pochettino, and indeed an imminent new stadium to offer the Portugal international – all the things Everton are striving to achieve, yet all the things Spurs already are.
Yes, the money spent in recent times suggests that Everton are very much heading the right way under Silva, but they still remain some way away – and that gap would be highlighted greatly were they to lose Gomes to Tottenham in January.
Everton and Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!