The subject of summer transfers is not the most pressing issue on the minds of the Tottenham Hotspur supporters in the Transfer Tavern, but Andre Gomes’ recent public interview has given them reason to believe that the Spanish midfielder could be set for a move to North-London this summer.
Tottenham were heavily linked with a move for Barcelona’s midfielder Andre Gomes in the January transfer window, but no official bid was ever publicly disclosed by the club. Gomes was tipped for greatness in La Liga during his spell at Valencia where he was a consistently high achiever, and he deservedly made a transfer to the Catalan giant in the summer of 2016.
Since he completed the switch, his reputation has plummeted due to his lacklustre performances for the club. Gomes recently admitted in a recent interview with Paneka magazine (via The Independent) that he has struggled to mentally deal with the pressure of playing for one of Spain’s most demanding clubs, and he described his time with Barcelona as “a kind of hell”.
The admission is a sobering one for football fans who often forget that players are just like everyone else, and words can do equal damage to a superstar as they can to do the next man walking down the street. Based on the content of his interview, it seems that Gomes will be open to a transfer away from the club next summer, and if that proves to be the case, then Spurs should be the club to help him resurrect his career in a new environment.
The quality Gomes showed as a youngster at Valencia is certainly not something that can vanish in a short space of time. What he needs at this stage in his career is a club who are willing to trust in his abilities and allow him to develop without the relentless pressure he is currently experiencing.
Unlike at Barcelona, Gomes will not be booed by his own supporters at Tottenham Hotspur, regardless of how badly he plays. Mauricio Pochettino is a manager who has demonstrated his ability to give his players confidence to succeed on the pitch throughout his career so far, and if anyone is well placed to resurrect Gomes’ stuttering career, then it’s certainly Tottenham’s highly-regarded manager.
Tottenham are lacking a player of Gomes’ play-making qualities in centre-midfield, and they would certainly benefit from the fresh dynamic he could offer the club following his arrival. The 24-year-old’s admission goes deeper than a mere come and get me plea, but it’s clear he is not happy in Catalonia, so Tottenham should do everything they can to bring him to North-London next summer and help him to unearth his full potential in the Premier League.