André Gomes admits that being isolated from his Everton team-mates and away from Premier League football is tough but he feels that the club is on the right track under Carlo Ancelotti for when the action finally resumes.
No sooner had the Portuguese made a remarkably swift recovery from a broken ankle than his season was he was forced to sit out for more time as Britain reels from the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recalls the welcome he got from Everton's fans on his first game back at Goodison Park following his horror injury and he aims to try and repay that love over time.
Premier League football has been shut down for almost a month now with no end in sight but Gomes says that he is looking forward to getting straight back to Finch Farm once restrictions have been lifted.
"I have had many really good moments at Goodison but I have to say this one [was the most special],”. Gomes explained during an Instagram Q&A with fans. "It was such a warm welcome. The fans have always been incredible with me.
"Hearing [the reception], I felt really confident and happy to have the support from them.
“I'm missing my teammates and the club and, of course, the first thing I want to do after the quarantine is to go back to the training ground.
“At Everton, we have a really nice dressing room environment. The fans have always been so amazing with me, too.
“It's a tough moment and we must all try to respect the rules. Enjoy movies, TV series, do exercise when you can. Help yourself and others.”
Gomes has played just a handful of matches under new manager Carlo Ancelotti but he feels as though Everton have appointed the right man to take the club forward.
"Carlo is a great human being. He is a really nice guy,” the midfielder continued. "He has great experience and he is helping the team a lot. Everton is doing a massive effort to make the team better.
"I believe Carlo trusts in the club, otherwise he wouldn't have come here.
"We want to make the fans proud and we are on the right way to do that. The fans are with us all the time.
"We are trying to be better and improve the club. We want to reach a high a level. We all love Everton and right now I think we are on a good track to reach our goal."
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1 Posted 07/04/2020 at 07:54:34
Let's hope we get a chance to see him in action in the not too distant future. Until then, stay safe everyone and good health to you all.
2 Posted 07/04/2020 at 08:23:16
Surely with 5 games left at Goodison thats over £150 worth of matches gone, and half season ticket holders that purchased will have been even harder hit in the pocket.
Lets be frank, theres no way fans will be going anywhere near matches again until next year, this virus will not be something that simply goes away, even if it slows down in late summer early autumn, we could well be back in the same boat this time next year, it will continue until a vaccine is made available that is going to control it like the flu.
No way can clubs not reimburse fans that bought season tickets (many even already renewed for next season).
Clubs need to remember that people need some quick resolution to this situation, whether football returns in August or not, it will not have supporters at the stadiums, so the people in charge need to come up with some satisfactory results to help the paying fan that have been hard hit financially.
3 Posted 07/04/2020 at 08:28:59
Spot on. It will be interested to see who lines up in midfield alongside Andre next season, also in other areas of the pitch after Carlo has had his first summer transfer period.
This assume that life and the football is back to some form of normality after these difficult times ?
4 Posted 07/04/2020 at 08:33:30
5 Posted 07/04/2020 at 08:59:57
Difficult one Jim, Ive already paid for my ticket for next season, if this season drags on NEXT season might be shortened as some are suggesting. Complete mess.
6 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:06:36
Give the money to a charity or maybe somebody who's lost someone to Covid 19 and needs financial support, something like that.
The money's already gone and if you estimate 20,000 season ticket holders with an average of £100 left that could be £2m to a really deserving cause.
7 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:11:48
“Let me show you what you could have won”, and give them a papier-mâché cup as well.
In the rain.
8 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:14:57
9 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:22:30
On Jim's point about Season Ticket's and the probable absence of fans from the remaining matches - most clubs will probably offer some form of 'free' access to whichever media platform is showing the matches as compensation. I don't think that they have a duty to reimburse us as the ticket always remains the property of the club and has strict terms and conditions attached.
I have heard on the grapevine that those accross the park are intending to charge their fans a surcharge of £50 a game for non attendance - just a rumour like but we would't put it past them and it would help to fund their non-playing staff?
10 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:25:07
I cant see it being much different in August, they arent all of a sudden going to allow thousands of fans at matches in autumn lets face it.
This is about until a vaccine is there to reduced the fear factor that people have now about this illness and reduce the numbers, allowing fans back to matches this year would be suicidal.
11 Posted 07/04/2020 at 09:31:28
I cant wait to buy you another desperados now mate, so lets just hope everyone stays safe, because were gonna need a good laugh, once we get through these depressingly morbid days.
Its Good that Brian, it would definitely do for me, and it would also show the rest of the country what genuine scousers are really all about!
12 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:09:32
I don't really care whether they win it or not now or how. People are dying, people who wouldn't otherwise have died through ongoing health problems so those fuckers getting handed a cup is of no importance in this world whatsoever, and neither are they.
Lastly mate. You know I'm not a "genuine Scouser" (being from over the water and all that) but the fact that you refer to me as one I'll take as a huge compliment.
That's about 11 Desperado's now between you and your Dave........
13 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:22:17
14 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:27:40
An Everton supporter goes to heaven, and St Peter shows him around. They go past one room, and the man asks: "Who are all those people in there?" "They are the Man United fans," says St Peter. They pass another room, and the man asks the same question. "They are the Aston Villa fans," says St Peter. As they're approaching the next room, St Peter says: "Take your shoes off and tiptoe by as quietly as you can." "Why, who's in there?" asks the man. "The RS," says St Peter, "and they think that they're the only ones up here."
15 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:37:30
16 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:38:22
Funny article here that sums everyone's opinion of 'that lot' up:
17 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:43:55
On another thread I mentioned that there had not been and HYS threads on the BBC Sport /Football website, since the RS " Furlough" announcement had been made.
Last night one was opened about the extension of contracts at the end of the season.
However, 90% of the posts are about LFC and their Volte Face on the "Furlough".
Of the 90%, 99% are disgusted with LFC's original action and are saying the reversal is merely prompted by shame and the public reaction.
Own goal well and truly scored and - no forgiveness evident.
Any goodwill they had has, I believe, been lost and any attempt by the football "authorities" to now award them the EPL title, will, I believe, be met with an equally negative public backlash.
18 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:49:58
19 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:53:28
With regards Gomes, more than anything the club needs a proper coherent fully functioning midfield. For years we havent had the right players or they have been misused.
I want a more organised midfield unit and Andre Gomes can be at the heart of it. In order to be an indispensable part of it he has to raise his game and raise his fitness. I think Gomes is capable of both, he has the core skills and strength. He needs to push himself to improve and Carlo and his coaches needs to help him to achieve that.
Part of his success will be down to who he is paired with in the central midfield. He needs that Gana / Kante / Makalele level of quality DCM for him to really flourish. It highlights on of this seasons biggest problems for us. Losing Gana and then his replacement. Im hoping Gbamin makes a big impact, but Carlo will know we need a reinforcement there. Its such a critical position relying on anything other than Gana level top quality will see us suffer.
20 Posted 07/04/2020 at 10:59:09
21 Posted 07/04/2020 at 11:04:00
22 Posted 07/04/2020 at 11:39:18
Gomes still has a bit to prove, if he is to be at the heart of Everton's midfield.
23 Posted 07/04/2020 at 12:07:21
Right now Heaven would be walking down the first fairway of Las Colinas in Spain after hitting a 300-yard drive, miles past everyone else. Sun on my back, all's well with the world.
And knowing that the season had been declared null and void 😂
24 Posted 07/04/2020 at 12:15:38
I see what you mean. And still the RS try to justify their actions..
25 Posted 07/04/2020 at 13:26:50
A German businessman on lockdown in a London Hotel decides he needs some female company so he taps one of the porters up for any suitable women. The porter gives him a telephone number and he arranges for a reasonably priced visit to his hotel room.
When she gets there, she tells him the price and he agrees. He asks if she would be prepared to wear certain items and blow a duck caller whilst having sex? She agrees for an extra £50.
Out of his suitcase, he gets some springs and a duck caller, he secures the springs to her hands and knees and asks her to get down on all fours and start blowing the duck caller. He kneels to her rear and couples up, then he starts bouncing her up and down and they keep going until they both reach orgasm.
"That was fantastic!" said the woman "I've never had sex like it, I can't move, I am in ecstasy."
He said: "Yes, you can't beat the German Four Spring Duck Technique."
26 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:04:31
Could the Club give each and every Season Ticket Holder the choice of either forfeiting to Charity, or having the remainder of this season deducted from their Ticket renewal for the following season? That way it would be fairer for those who are not so well off.
Poor Gomes, it was a thread all about him yet as per usual a diversion has seen it go on to something else. I blame you Jim B. :-)
27 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:09:06
Good or what?
28 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:09:15
Very clever- nice one!
29 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:10:57
30 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:18:08
31 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:26:52
32 Posted 07/04/2020 at 15:42:20
34 Posted 07/04/2020 at 16:16:18
Enjoying this thread nice to see some humour out of everything else thats going on.
As for Gomes, love that guy and this prolonged rest will do him good. Get properly fit and ready for when we start again. For me, hes a quality player and cant wait to see him playing again. Added to that the work hes done in the community, he seems like hes loving it here on Merseyside. Top player, top bloke
35 Posted 07/04/2020 at 17:07:48
36 Posted 07/04/2020 at 17:46:06
Ken, good 'un... but Len, I have to muster up my courage here and admit that I didn't understand yours.
37 Posted 07/04/2020 at 17:51:46
38 Posted 07/04/2020 at 19:05:23
39 Posted 07/04/2020 at 19:23:58
40 Posted 07/04/2020 at 19:26:32
Brian's idea of charity is a good one - maybe we could set one up to pay the rs non -playing staff? They had no qualms in trying to fleece the taxpayer so are unlikely to pass up the opportunity of taking advantage of a charity!
41 Posted 07/04/2020 at 19:29:08
42 Posted 07/04/2020 at 19:46:33
As the season tickets are already paid for
( and next season in my case and many others) so if the games were not played or played behind closed doors we would be saving money by not going to the game. So why not give it to charity.
43 Posted 07/04/2020 at 21:48:23
It was an interesting interview.
Charity begins at home; look after your self.
Wake up, people, you're being scammed!
44 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:04:26
45 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:20:03
46 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:21:51
Andy, past age 60 we become "can't hold your water" Scousers.
47 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:24:25
Glad to see you're doing okay and still posting!
48 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:30:17
49 Posted 07/04/2020 at 22:41:15
Lucky for us in our area there're plenty of wide open spaces to use so as not to get too stir crazy.
Your post is an insult to those who've died and those they've left behind.
And you're a tit!
50 Posted 07/04/2020 at 23:36:04
51 Posted 08/04/2020 at 02:29:33
In these times of unrest and chaos caused by corrupt leaders of the world only time will tell because the truth will eventually come out...
Some people say the premier league is currupt that VAR has cheated the teams below the 6 elite. Are they too tits.
Modern day FootbalFootball players don't live in the real world so I have no time for there nonsense.
As a sport when played to its best its a great form of entertainment. But thats all it is to me like a good movie or TV series I do not idolize any celeb or get caught up in the mya of it all.
52 Posted 08/04/2020 at 04:07:11
Great positives, too, about Andre Gomes. Top guy!
53 Posted 08/04/2020 at 09:57:57
54 Posted 08/04/2020 at 09:59:29
55 Posted 08/04/2020 at 11:04:35
If this season, with its terrrible refereeing, dubious after-the-event reassessment of goals, penalties and the rest was consigned to oblivion, it would be no bad thing.
56 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:37:42
New balls please!
57 Posted 08/04/2020 at 16:54:21
58 Posted 08/04/2020 at 20:02:45
On another topic, I hope you're wife and children are all okay, is there any news when they will be home again?
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