Everton supporters have warmed to Andre Gomes following his exceptional opening to the season, but with no guarantees over his long-term future there is plenty of reason for concern at Goodison Park.
Indeed, Gomes is only obliged to stay with Everton for one season as per the terms of his season-long loan deal. His fine form in Marco Silva’s central midfield has provoked plenty of discussion regarding a permanent deal, but they may yet face rival competition for his signature.
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for Gomes throughout the majority of 2018, and those reports have surfaced once again this week in the Daily Telegraph.
According to the report, Tottenham’s head scout Steve Hitchen has already been to watch Gomes in action, and Daniel Levy will be interested in signing the Portugal international next summer.
If Spurs eventually manage to convince Gomes to move to north London there is no question that it would have a crushing impact on Everton.
With that being said, here are two potential consequences of Gomes completing a switch to Spurs…
Everton in meltdown
It would be a hammer blow to Everton’s ego and long-term ambitions if Gomes decided to join a Premier League rival.
The supporters, who are already smitten over Gomes, would be incredibly disappointed to miss out on concluding a permanent deal.
The only way in which Marcel Brands and the rest of Everton’s hierarchy could transform the feeling of dejection would be through the signing of another quality midfield lynchpin, but there are not too many knocking around who are both available and of Gomes’ calibre.
Gomes has quickly established himself as a hero on the terraces at Goodison Park and his departure would be incredibly gut-wrenching for everybody involved with the club.
New role for Sigurdsson
Gomes’ departure would leave a creative void in central midfield which will inevitably need to be filled.
Tom Davies has demonstrated promise in his career so far, but he does not possess the playmaking qualities to dictate the tempo in midfield, for now at least.
That would leave the door open for Everton to make a new signing, but they might be wise to tinker with the players they already have and drop Sigurdsson into a slightly deeper role in midfield to compensate for Gomes’ absence.
As the most naturally gifted ball playing midfielder in the squad Sigurdsson is the ideal candidate to replace Gomes, a move which would pave the way for Bernard to operate in a number ten role.
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