Having failed to retain a regular place in Barcelona's first team, the Portuguese international has spent the season on loan at Goodison Park where he has largely been a success in the Blues' midfield.
Everton have been in contact with Nou Camp officials over the course of the campaign to investigate the possibility of signing Gomes permanently and what it would cost to do so.
The talk in Spain is that remaining at Goodison is his most likely option but Tottenham remain in the mix and Sport claim that Inter Milan are also seriously interested in securing his services.
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1 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:04:41
2 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:07:53
3 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:11:38
No doubt he has talent but I'm not sure if he's as good as he should be if that makes sense. Perhaps if we got him permanently he could really flourish next season. But equally I could see him becoming a £30m passenger.
Getting that midfield blend right for next season is absolutely key, especially if Gueye leaves, and I think there may be players better suited to the Premier League out there for £25-30M.
4 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:21:13
£20M (€25M) is peanuts for a player of his quality.
5 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:23:17
Sure, we could get lucky and get somebody better – but if he wants in I'd be happy.
6 Posted 21/03/2019 at 14:38:17
Consistency is king though, as has been said.
7 Posted 21/03/2019 at 15:49:28
I think Gomes's head will be turned by Inter or a Champions League club and will want to leave anyway, so it may be a decision that we will not have to make.
8 Posted 21/03/2019 at 16:11:20
9 Posted 21/03/2019 at 17:52:05
If we had 10 more players with your graft and good looks, we'd be winning the Champions League and repopulating the globe with the greatest team Everton have ever seen, please stay, I love you, Ssshhhhh, xx
10 Posted 21/03/2019 at 18:24:24
Not so sure that he would be tempted away by an offer from one of the Clubs you mention, as Steve Ferns so rightly pointed out, he has experienced being at Everton where he is appreciated, supported and adored.
He strikes me as being a fairly level-headed sort of guy, and Barcelona was probably thought of as a dream move, which he discovered through experience turned into a nightmare!
11 Posted 21/03/2019 at 18:42:01
12 Posted 21/03/2019 at 18:54:34
However, from his or his agents perspective, maybe he's too good for Everton.
Currently being at Everton means nothing when a Champions League team calls... so sadly, if we don't get him ASAP, it probably means he will be talking to other options out there.
13 Posted 21/03/2019 at 19:07:44
14 Posted 21/03/2019 at 20:27:56
I was going to say something similar, he was immense across the park. His fitness has been a bit of an issue but a decent pre-season should sort that out. Quality player and one who I hope stays. Will get better and better.
15 Posted 21/03/2019 at 20:55:26
But as all matters Everton, you never do know, there's never a nap, in terms of results and transfers but, with Brands on board, I've more faith in him staying.
At our old ground this season, he was top class, perhaps his finest hour this season.
It would be great to start preseason with a spine in this team.
Over to the lad himself and hopefully good fortune for Everton and he signs for us. He's a player, a bit of devil and has a good dig as well.
16 Posted 21/03/2019 at 20:58:05
17 Posted 21/03/2019 at 21:55:25
Assuming Gana leaves, we would need to bring in two midfielders: one I think needs to a powerhouse, eg, a Sissoko or Doucoure type, and another to go alongside would be in the mould of Eriksen. Easier said than done but that's the pairing I'd have.
Gomes is fine for the last 20-25 mins but very little in the way of dominance in that midfield and more of the silkiness doesn't quite work in the Premier League.
18 Posted 21/03/2019 at 23:28:51
19 Posted 21/03/2019 at 23:42:39
For the reported price, I can't see us getting anyone as good as him. As Gueye will likely leave, we can't be hoping to build a complete new midfield from scratch, so signing Gomes makes sense, and get a partner for him.
20 Posted 21/03/2019 at 23:45:51
It's akin to saying 'we need a Maradona-type forward, and a Maldini type left-back, and a Cafu-type right back, then a Vieira-type defensive midfielder, and a Cantona-type striker and were sorted'...
Not easy, but we should be aiming for that.
21 Posted 21/03/2019 at 00:01:38
22 Posted 22/03/2019 at 00:51:11
Gomes can be an absolute diamond. Well worth the risk – as long as there are still funds for two strikers!
23 Posted 22/03/2019 at 01:13:37
He has the physique and skill set, and as mentioned he was very influential in the first derby game of the season.
He has certainly had impressive moments in games but, after his initial early flourish, I think he has been largely ordinary and more of a liability.
Even in his early good games, he tended to only play well in one half. Yes, he seemed robust and had good control and ball retention under pressure, but it's a good few games since he consistently showed that ability.
Silva overplayed him during the heavy holiday fixture list of December and January and he looked goosed in many a game as a result. Only now, Silva has seen fit to bench him recently.
That ability to ride a challenge, retain the ball and get a pass off seems to have deserted him, and his passing is very hit and miss – literally.
When he does lose the ball, he has the tendency to give away really cheap fouls. That doesn't make him a 'snide' as someone described him above, but more a silly boy in my book.
I worry a tad that he is similar in price, ability and unrealised potential to many recent signings in the last 2-3 years that we continue to struggle to get off our books and that our money could be better spent elsewhere.
24 Posted 22/03/2019 at 03:34:37
As already mentioned, he knows the system now, is used to the players, and should be even better with a full pre-season under his belt. I hope he is signed and I hope he is keen to stay.
25 Posted 22/03/2019 at 07:08:59
Seems like he loves the club and the fans have taken to him... so what's not to like? No-brainer for me.
26 Posted 22/03/2019 at 07:59:04
There won't be a lack of suitors if he does become available, including from the top 6.
27 Posted 22/03/2019 at 09:34:28
Sunday's game was one of the latter for me: he should have been off at half-time... mind you, so should have half a dozen of the others!!!
I hope Brands has other players in this position up his sleeve.
28 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:08:37
I think that, in reality, when the team as a whole is struggling, not gelling for whatever reason, individual players tend to struggle more individually, in that things don't come off and they lose confidence. Plus, in his case (as you say) he seemed knackered after being possibly overplayed.
It's always difficult to make a judgement on individual players when they struggle in a team that is dysfunctional. I think this is a big issue particularly with our younger players, leading to often premature judgements on them, but it also extends to the more experienced players.
I'd definitely err on the side of wanting to keep him because of what he's shown when on song, which was particularly pleasing at Anfield, making their midfield look mediocre compared with ours.
29 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:17:41
30 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:21:31
I think his problems are mostly in his head – he had a torrid time at Barcelona and the impression I got was of a player who is slightly fragile mentally. That's why Everton should suit him well – as long as the boo boys don't get on his back too much.
He's our highest quality player by a long chalk, and I would definitely take a punt on him. Start with him and Gana, go two up, bring on Schneidlerlin. Repeat until we've won the title.
31 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:22:49
A potential diamond. Buy him.
32 Posted 22/03/2019 at 10:44:50
I just hope we get someone as quick or quicker than Gueye in as we really need that pace and energy in both offensive and defensive transition. Sigurdsson and Gomes sometimes look like they're running in treacle!
33 Posted 22/03/2019 at 11:48:57
34 Posted 22/03/2019 at 13:09:00
Gomes has shown the effects of his long lay-off at Barcelona and the injury he carried. He will play better next season and Everton will be a more settled squad.
35 Posted 22/03/2019 at 13:56:34
36 Posted 22/03/2019 at 14:59:26
What about a midfield three of Vlasic, Besic and Dowell?
37 Posted 22/03/2019 at 15:27:10
I would like to see Doucoure in if Gana leaves, it would cost us a bit extra, but it would be money well spent.
It would not be a direct replacement, but the player has a touch of class about him.
Also he is a proven, quality premier league player, worked with Marco Silva and one he could possibly convince to come here.
38 Posted 22/03/2019 at 15:46:18
Actually Etienne Capoue has been a better player for Watford this year and runs Gueye fairly close for tackles whilst making more interceptions. Not saying we should go for him (at 30 he's not in Brands target range).
Ndidi at Leicester looks a similar player to Gueye and I quite like Billings at Huddersfield too. Further afield Ibrahim Sangare at Toulouse looks an interesting young player and is one of the few players in Europe to match Gueye's tackle rate.
39 Posted 22/03/2019 at 15:52:58
40 Posted 22/03/2019 at 16:48:38
41 Posted 22/03/2019 at 17:38:56
Complex stuff for the IQ of many a modern professional footballer I know, but I thought M&M would have made a positive impression on them all by now, and especially the coaches they inherited.
Maybe it'll happen next season, or the one after that. (Sighs)
42 Posted 22/03/2019 at 17:41:03
However... I would caution one and all expecting him to "kick on" and markedly improve to temper their expectations. I've been watching him since 2016 and he has not improved one bit over that time, actually falling back in some areas. He is fragile mentally, he will not score a bunch of goals, and he will not improve defensively. He is what he is. If that's good enough, then let's get 'er done.
43 Posted 22/03/2019 at 18:23:52
Let's see if we get him on another 1 year loan deal and then assess him after 2 seasons, he missed a third of this one getting fit.
I think the jury's out on Mina too until he gets a run of games. If Zouma is not staying, Mina should be in for the rest of this season; if Zouma is staying, I'd still give Mina those games alongside Zouma.
Keane is not convincing.
44 Posted 22/03/2019 at 18:36:43
Maybe Doucoure (?) would be a better box to box option but it's all about partnerships.
Gana was wanted by PSG and all they may change their manager again – I think he's the bigger loss.
So we could need a new partnership altogether, now that's frightening!
45 Posted 22/03/2019 at 19:49:43
Therefore, the really important point for me is whether, by squirting a wad full on him, will that effectively stop an U23 coming thru?
I watched the U21 England game last night – 5 Everton players played last night (albeit not at the same time), and the one that stood out, above everyone on the pitch, for me was Keiran Dowell, playing the Gomes role.
And playing it rather excellently. Calm, smooth, at time tenacious, very accurate, with a wide range of sprayed pass, and worked very hard. Never would have thought he had that about him – always saw him as a talented, but slightly light-weight left wide player.
Real food for thought for Brands, and Silva – and without a doubt, for me at least, a real alternative that should call the end for Schneiderlin, or, if we didn't get Gomes, a worthy (albeit young and developing) one of our own coming thru strong.
46 Posted 22/03/2019 at 22:13:37
He won't turn it around by himself, but with, hopefully, better players coming in around him, we could see some good stuff next season.
Ever the optimist!
47 Posted 22/03/2019 at 23:51:40
For gods sake, we let our own diamond go. And before the fuckwits get involved, some semi-professional approach by the club would not not let him go.
I watched him tonight, created two goals, would have got the own goal. Yes, as always, missed passes... but, on a Sunday, I play no-chance passes, not a creative body on me; he tries stuff. He tries the stuff that wins.
I was at the game last week... he was class. The fuckwits booed him some or part of the game... at the time he left the pitch, he applauded each and every part of the ground. For me, he is a hero, a diamond.
And yet, some small-minded fuckwits castigate him for leaving and a chance to win medals, double his money, be a superstar. Who on gods earth would not, and what is your ambition in life – to improve yourself?
Tonight, Ross is probably feeling well about himself and I hope he is, a total fuckup by the small-minded shallow thinking club that we are.
Of course, I may be wrong, then again, different subject, can someone tell me factually, what terms were offered to Moyes to stay as manager?? Facts please ??
The whole thing stinks of incompetence.
48 Posted 22/03/2019 at 00:06:43
He's a genuinely wonderful footballer. Incredibly strong on the ball, very composed. But you do have to question if he impacts the game enough. He's not great defensively and you wouldn't want him as a Number 10 either.
Like most of our midfield, he is a really awkward player to accommodate.
Then again, if he could defend, score goals and do it every week, he wouldn't be playing for Everton... would he?
49 Posted 23/03/2019 at 00:51:19
That said, the reason most of us despise him is the way he left the club negating any chance we had of ever making money for developing him and sticking with him through serious injury for years. In short, he's a shit.
50 Posted 23/03/2019 at 01:07:58
On the ball, he is a top player but, out of possession, he is an utter liability. I've never seen someone so languid. It's a no from me.
51 Posted 23/03/2019 at 01:27:59
I would like to know where Mike got his crystal ball from though? He is not quite 26 and I think it is a bold prediction to say he couldn't flourish given the right manager and the right teammates.
It is all about blends in any successful team. Reid and Bracewell worked very well but you would be hard put to find like for like players in the teams currently top of the pile. Instead of saying Gomes or Doucoure, I would be interested in pairing the two, especially if Gana goes in the summer.
What seems trickier to me is deciding whether Gomes is to be given more license to be attacking because he isn't that defensive rock / tackling machine, in which case it is probably Sigurdson or him, rather than both.
52 Posted 23/03/2019 at 01:49:26
As long as it's not for Siggurdson silly money, £25-30M max.
53 Posted 23/03/2019 at 03:48:21
I'm not even sure a full pre-season would get a significant amount more from him. Maybe.
Can't say we should spunk for than a Davvy Klaassen on him?
The catch being without him we do look well shit in midfield...
54 Posted 23/03/2019 at 08:14:57
55 Posted 23/03/2019 at 08:17:32
All about opinions, but a hero and a diamond? Ive never felt Barkley was either of these, and honestly feel that with all of his natural ability, that he maybe even holds himself back at times, especially now hes playing with all these better players at Chelsea?
56 Posted 23/03/2019 at 09:03:23
What those of us surviving on tens, hundreds or thousands of pounds can never understand is why highly paid sports stars can never get enough millions of pounds and need tens or hundreds when one would satisfy the rest of us.
57 Posted 23/03/2019 at 09:17:57
58 Posted 23/03/2019 at 09:48:49
Yesterday on this thread I mentioned a lad called Ibrahim Sangare and then weirdly this morning read a few trash gossip sites saying he was one of Brands top targets. Hes very raw but has great energy and presence, hes been a colossus at times for Toulouse and one of the few players in Europe to make as many tackles as Gueye.
59 Posted 23/03/2019 at 16:47:40
We then spend £30 - 50 mill on Schneiderlin or Gomes – Gomes will cost Everton the best part of £50 mill with the new interest from other clubs. Everton could have one of the most exciting young teams with the right manager but won't because the Everton way is stay with the middle-of-the-road, tried and tested Premier League experience-type player.
60 Posted 23/03/2019 at 19:07:55
Then again, if he did show this consistency his price would 2x more. Let's hope he comes to us and then finds that consistency (but not before then!).
61 Posted 24/03/2019 at 01:00:56
62 Posted 24/03/2019 at 01:08:12
Yes I can understand a player at the start if the season not being match fit if they had no preseaso.. but surley if tge likes of Gomes stratrted the season surley by December he should have been fit enough and not faded away like he did...
63 Posted 24/03/2019 at 01:18:05
On his day he is a Rolls Royce but he has gone massively off the boil to become bang average.
I think teams have figured him out. He doesnt seem to be anywhere near as positive with his passing.
I would want someone more athletic, strong and agressive in the middle of the park.
64 Posted 24/03/2019 at 03:13:20
Surprisingly, I agree with you for once, which is not a bad thing.
Can I ask: How do you know that this player is on £111,000 a week?
65 Posted 24/03/2019 at 04:43:18
Whilst during the season, training is more focused on tactics, ball play, in game movement and such things. Meaning players who miss pre season may miss certain levels of physical conditioning.
I say this as a complete layman with no experience in football training.
66 Posted 24/03/2019 at 04:49:44
6'-1", strong, powerful look at the goal he made at Newcastle, that is what he needs to do more.
He is silky in the ball, but he isn't at all like Arteta. He needs to play like a box-box No 8, drive forward. He has the attributes and the skill.
For £25 million he'd be a bargain, and if we could get him to play with more drive, more aggression, he'd be a real force to be reckoned with.
67 Posted 24/03/2019 at 05:36:28
As has often been said, we can't play them all at the same time and that bloke, Calvert-Lewin, he's the one who's been getting a run. Next you'll be saying that Baningime, Calvert-Lewin, Davies, Dowell, Kenny and Lookman should get a game in the same team which might seriously challenge their future status never mind undermine the position of those for whom we've paid fortunes.
Not to worry, I'm sure we're due a press conference soon when they'll all probably get a mention especially how they are not doing at training.
68 Posted 24/03/2019 at 08:35:55
69 Posted 24/03/2019 at 09:08:36
Get them fit, and let them have a few practice games, to let the body get used to playing again, and also a time for players to catch their second wind, before the serious stuff really starts?
Im sure Everton were super-fit, at the start of David Moyess last season, (maybe 2nd to last?) we beat United first game, and went on a great run playing some super football, but once Feb came, some of the players were on their knees, and this told in the end?
70 Posted 24/03/2019 at 09:15:44
71 Posted 24/03/2019 at 09:37:32
72 Posted 24/03/2019 at 09:46:08
He's coming into his prime years, and will get better.
He is prepared to be physical where needed, after one season, he will acclimatize to the game.
The dip in form is not just his, but the whole team's.
The fact remains, that our club is not at the stage where we can attract top tier players.
I would have liked that we kept Barkley, and re-signed Deuleofeu. Especially for Del boy, I felt that we missed the boat, looking at how he is faring at Watford. At the least, he seems to be more effective than Walcott.
73 Posted 24/03/2019 at 10:10:05
74 Posted 24/03/2019 at 12:01:10
Being realistic, I think it depends on who comes in for him and the kind of contract we offer him. He's really a good player though, and I know he's not the same as Arteta, but he's similar in that he's quite a cultured creative midfielder, something we've not been overly blessed with since Arteta left.
75 Posted 24/03/2019 at 21:05:40
76 Posted 24/03/2019 at 21:47:09
77 Posted 25/03/2019 at 08:14:01
'And we need to stop with this, "let's sign an Erikson-type player... Jesus...'
Then likening Toffees fans wishing for that that type of player to wanting a Maldini, Cafu, Veira, Cantona, Maradona... etc... in their respective positions (mm.. ya really think?)
But then finishing off, anyway, with, 'not easy but we should be aiming for that'???
Well, sorry an all that, but that doesn't actually make a lot of sense to me. You're just contradicting yourself even if that's truly how high you regard Erikson, no? Er, yes. We both should and shouldn't be wishing for such a 'top-shelf' player... that the idea? Like I say, I really just didn't get your 'point'. (I also don't agree that your Mr Erikson is on a par with any of those proven 'legends'.)
As for Gomes, I'd be very VERY happy for him to stay with us permanently, but he sure isn't going to do this as a 'squad player' only, as some are suggesting. So.. either we 'believe' in him, convince him he's a big part of our plans going forward, or say 'Naah, fuck that!'.. and let him go to Spurs or whoever... Strikes me, though, that he IS rated highly enough by others - even Herr Klopp - not just by our own management, that letting him slip away for elsewhere would be a pretty dumb mistake!!!
78 Posted 25/03/2019 at 11:46:43
Seriously though, I like him a lot and if he's £20-25m then surely that's worth it given his superiority to some of the players we've bought in recent seasons for around this amount.
79 Posted 25/03/2019 at 12:06:20
Are you saying that if he has a baldy No 1 crew cut, we should offload him?
I see what you mean though, his mane has that glowing lustrous sheen, tousled yet groomed. Never mind Inter, L'Oreal may outbid us for him.
80 Posted 25/03/2019 at 13:02:57
81 Posted 25/03/2019 at 14:10:49
Equally Gomes has only 13 goals in all those games. Gylfi is on 12 for us this season alone.
Gomes has to be the box to boxer I think. Though as I said earlier i'm not convinced he's got the pace or stamina for it.
82 Posted 25/03/2019 at 14:54:44
83 Posted 25/03/2019 at 15:23:14
Broadly speaking I think a combination of well chosen stats (there are good and bad stats!) testimony and instinct are the best way to judge a player.
Bernard for example does not have amazing creative stats but when I see him he is often linking play superbly whilst showing surprising fight. My instinct is that hell be a fan favourite next season.
Not so sure about Gomes though he has the talent.
84 Posted 25/03/2019 at 15:26:47
All the silky skills in the world count for nothing if were not scoring goals from midfield.
I would compare him to Madison at Leicester and Declan Rice at West Ham who are both younger, more mobile and cost about the same.
I rate him for where we are at but not where I would like us to be (if that makes sense).
85 Posted 25/03/2019 at 17:25:39
86 Posted 25/03/2019 at 19:42:58
87 Posted 25/03/2019 at 20:20:24
88 Posted 25/03/2019 at 20:57:45
Peter/Tony, agreed about Maddison but it's easy to see why he chose Leicester. He wouldn't have gotten many minutes ahead of Gylfi. But Jay, he's a completely different player to Gomes -- much more active, much more intense, and a true #10 in terms of style. He'd have been a great add for us.
89 Posted 28/03/2019 at 15:36:19
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