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Jerome Shields
1 Posted 23/10/2018 at 09:08:35
Gomes is the missing link. He slotted into the midfield trio with Gana and Sigurdsson seamlessly. With Davis, who will be learning all the time, being a different type of player in midfield, tactical changes can be affected by his introduction.

Silva has gelled together the back line and midfield. Wingers and overlapping full-backs working fine. Scheneiderlin?

The forward line is the next project. Poor pass-completion in the final third being the final piece in the jigsaw. Everton do have alternatives, as was proved by Silva in the last match, but a Gomes-type figure still has to emerge.

The good news is that Everton in Brands and Silva at last have a management team that are playing football to Everton's traditional strengths and know what they are about. The players are improving a lot in this framework and will improve more.

It's a long time since one could say that about Everton.

Danny Broderick
2 Posted 23/10/2018 at 09:31:08
Gomes gave me more hope in 82 minutes than anything I have seen from Schneiderlin in the last 18 months.

The team is really starting to take shape. We have England's number one in goal, and a first choice back 4, with Mina waiting for his chance to step in.

We seem to now have a first choice midfield 3, consisting of Gueye, Gomes and Sigurdsson (if Gomes can carry on as he has started).

Up front, it's getting interesting. Our first choice front 3 at the minute seems to be Bernard, Walcott and Richarlison. But none of them covered themselves in glory the other day, and the subs all came on and changed the game. Tosun looked like a man possessed, and if Calvert-Lewin can add more goals to his game, he can be an option off the bench.

In less than 6 months, the squad has been transformed. We've strengthened all over the pitch, and the mentality has changed also – we are now having a go at dominating and winning games.

We may be in transition, but the signs are positive. Let's hope Gomes can build on his promising start.

Tony Everan
3 Posted 23/10/2018 at 12:36:53
It's promising, Luke. It is reasonable to say he will get better too, with fitness and further adaptation to the league. Most importantly he will benefit no end from an injection of confidence after his Barca tribulations.

As Danny above says, the front three line-up is getting interesting as I think Richarlison is more effective on the left at this stage. That leaves the door open for Calvert-Lewin and Tosun again through the centre whilst, on the right, Lookman is breathing down the neck of Walcott for a starting place.

Front 3 against Man Utd? Place your bets... Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin and Walcott with Bernard, Tosun and Lookman ready to step in on the hour mark if and when necessary.

Robert Leigh
4 Posted 23/10/2018 at 14:40:45
As others above; I'm very optimistic with Gomes's debut on Sunday.

If Man Utd were playing well, it'd be tempting to put Davies in alongside Gana and Gomes to make sure we look solid, but no need to with this United side at this time.

Richarlison on the left, Tosun through the middle and Walcott right for me next weekend with Sigurdsson, Gana and Gomes behind them.

So great to have options off the bench, and the fact Holgate, Kenny, Jagielka, Niasse and Schneiderlain can't even get on the bench is a sign of how strong we are now.

Paul Birmingham
5 Posted 23/10/2018 at 20:06:54
Good to have strength in depth and whilst this is a work in progress, loads of good signs and hope to take into the Man Utd match.

Let them worry about us, we'll look after our selves. I'd take a 1-0, but a draw would be a good result, hopefully we'll get a referee, who will be mentally strong and won't bottle it.

Genuine hope, and that's saying a lot bearing where we've been the last four years.

Onwards and upwards.

Simon Smith
6 Posted 23/10/2018 at 23:10:15
Gomes looks the business: really comfortable on the ball, makes the game look effortless – signs of genuine quality.

Hopefully now with him, Gana, Schniederlin, and Sigurdsson all able to play through the centre, plus McCarthy on his way back, Davies will be used more sparingly, allowing him to develop in a less harsh environment. Hopefully fans will begin to see Davies used as a sub when more experienced players have tired a bit through a game, and allow Tom to showcase what a talented young lad we have on our hands.

If Gomes looks as good as he's threatening too I'd look at moving out Schniederlin or McCarthy along with Besic to gain funds to buy Gomes. We don't need all of the midfielders we have especially if Davies, Dowell and Baningime want a future at the club.

David Ellis
7 Posted 24/10/2018 at 09:46:29
I too think Gomes is the missing link. Lost his man at a corner once (or the man in his zone), but he’s a cut above anything we’ve had since Arteta.
Mark Taylor
8 Posted 24/10/2018 at 11:25:13
I'd agree with this. He seemingly offers the guile in midfield that we entirely lack if we play any of Davies, Schneiderlin or Bangingime – or Besic or McCarthy for that matter – alongside Gana. He looks like a Barcelona player, comfortable on the ball, a good passer. I noticed a couple of misplaced passes but even they seemed like his teammates not quite on his 'pass and go' wavelength. I agree with the above poster that there is something of Arteta about him.

If he kicks on, hopefully we will not be fielding two 'dogs of war' alongside each other, especially against weaker teams or in home matches. Defensively he's not great, but he's okay – though I'd maybe limit his time defending at set pieces. I also felt that Gana, no longer in a position to rely on a fellow 'dog of war' alongside, upped his game to take on the extra responsibility and had his best game for a while. You won't get Gomes like passing from Gana,but you need one of these types in your team.

In terms of providing balance, Gomes might just be our most important signing, albeit for a year given he's on loan. Personally I'd also like to try Bernard at Number 10 with Lookman on the wing.

Jon Ferguson
9 Posted 04/11/2018 at 13:41:33
Apparently Vlasic is ripping it up in Moscow. Any room for him in the squad next season?

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