How Barcelona’s €55m outcast André Gomes has been reborn at Everton

Friday, 21 December, 2018 10comments  |  Jump to last

Wonderful profile of André Gomes on

This makes clearer what I've tried to explain in a number of posts... how impossible it would be for Gomes to return to Barca.

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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 20/12/2018 at 19:33:05
Mike, a really good read. Interesting how he went into his shell having been booed by his own fans at Barca.

I love the guys silky abilities. We gotta sign him.

Jack Convery
2 Posted 21/12/2018 at 07:28:41
I hope to god he stays – fingers and everything else crossed too. Class... pure class.
Kevin Prytherch
3 Posted 21/12/2018 at 08:34:02
Interesting how we can accept that Gomes went into his shell due to the crowd at Barcelona; however, we still continue to criticise our young players at every opportunity, including booing and groans at every little mistake. Strikes of hypocrisy.

It's no wonder Davies went into his shell a bit last season.

Cue screams of ‘Championship players at best', ‘if they can't take criticism, they shouldn't be on the pitch' and ‘they're not in the first team by 18 so, they'll never make it'.

John G Davies
4 Posted 21/12/2018 at 08:39:23
Spot on Kevin,

We have seen it happen many times. Barkley, a player who naturally plays forward passes, was so scared that he eventually opted for the safe pass rather than try the creative pass.

Jim Bennings
5 Posted 21/12/2018 at 10:22:38
Class player.

I do wonder if he has more strings to his bow though in terms of going forward and contributing to more goals though.

Looking at a midfield options list of Gomes, Gueye, Davies, McCarthy, Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson.

There’s still only one player from those central midfielders that you’d expect to contribute goals right this moment.

Derek Knox
6 Posted 21/12/2018 at 10:32:50
Good article, Mike, which I thank you for, and an interesting read. While I appreciate that standards are set fairly high at the Nou Camp, I often wonder too, if the fact he was Portuguese and not Spanish, had any influence on the derision.
Dave Williams
7 Posted 21/12/2018 at 19:41:08
Absolutely right, Kevin, the treatment of our youngsters is disgraceful and naive if critics think it will make them play better. They need support and encouragement. People forget they are still boys playing against hardened professionals and it ain't easy at times.
Mark Andersson
8 Posted 22/12/2018 at 09:41:12
I have to agree with posts above. Everton fans are too quick to put the boot in. Let's see how Gomes copes when his form dips and we have paid £40 million, the boo boys will be in full voice coz thy get some kind of warped satisfaction from it...
Simon Smith
10 Posted 23/12/2018 at 12:57:54
Spot on, Kev @3.
Martin Anderson
11 Posted 18/01/2019 at 01:42:43
I just reckon we have got to snap him up – he is pure class... bit Trevor Steven'esque for me (showing my age)!

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