Updated Andre Gomes says that he feels more like himself at Everton and credits his new team mates with helping him settle into his new surroundings after a troubled spell at Barcelona.
The Portuguese is spending the season on loan at Goodison Park having failed to set the Nou Camp alight following a £29m move from Valencia in 2016, a move that everyone of a Blue persuasion hopes can be made permanent at the earliest opportunity.
Assuming the player himself is keen, that decision will rest with Barcelona and while Gomes isn't giving anything away, he says that is in a better place mentally at the moment.
"It was really difficult for me to take care of expectations [at Barça],” he told Sky Sports, “not only from the fans, but my expectations and seeing my parents suffering. It was complicated. I'm enjoying football again.
"I can't say I'm playing my best football, because I don't want to put pressure or walls [on my potential]. I just want to get better physically, to give the best performances that I can.
"I wasn't unhappy in Barcelona, but I was feeling the struggle. Sometimes, I'm more negative than positive about myself. I'd be the first person to shout at myself, close the door and scream to myself that I didn't play good.
"Sometimes, you try not to care about the things you read on social media, and even if you do, someone might tell you. It's difficult because [Barcelona] is a massive club, and you have to be prepared.
"Somehow, perhaps I wasn't prepared for that side. I was just preparing to play football, go to the stadium and play, so maybe I wasn't prepared for that situation."
Silva owes much to the faith of his compatriot and manager, Marco Silva, whose knowledge of the player was key to Everton targeting him as a potential loan signing in August.
And the welcoming atmosphere at Finch Farm has made it possible for him to ease into the Toffees' first time and perform like he has been there for years.
“[The manager has] given me confidence to keep moving forward and to be happy,” Gomes explained.
"All the people here have been amazing with me, all the staff and my teammates.
"I know it's difficult sometimes to have a football player on loan and wondering how the first contact will be, but the boys here have been amazing with me.
Silva was asked about the media speculation that other clubs, Tottenham in particular, are eyeing Gomes for a potential transfer in the summer when his loan with the Blues ends.
Spurs were said to be close to signing Gomes last year before the deal fell through but Everton's manager appears unfazed:
“I understand maybe some clubs are linked with him, I don't know really. But nothing changes in our way, what's in our mind.
“When you have good players in your squad that means other clubs are looking to them as well. For me, it is a normal situation in football.
“At the right moment we have time to talk about the situation, and let's see what we can do to keep him or not.”
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1 Posted 14/12/2018 at 05:59:53
Thank you and the best of luck.
Real professional and a real gentleman.
2 Posted 14/12/2018 at 06:18:49
Let's hope he keeps improving and helps the team perform better than the last two games.
3 Posted 14/12/2018 at 06:26:48
4 Posted 14/12/2018 at 07:19:57
5 Posted 14/12/2018 at 08:45:45
It'll be a difficult one to get over the line because the lad is quality and should be playing Champions League; something Everton is a long way off, judging from our last two performances.
Let's hope he can be persuaded to buy into a long-term plan, but there are a lot of obstacles.
6 Posted 14/12/2018 at 11:16:30
7 Posted 14/12/2018 at 14:19:07
He wants it. He can't say he wants it, but after his time at Barca he's found a home. When the player and team both want the move / each other, the financial details are usually hammered out.
There is no hard evidence to state that Gomes wants to sign with us permanently. It's the gut feeling I have factoring in his previous, his happiness, our coach, our DOF, and our ambitions.
8 Posted 14/12/2018 at 15:53:58
It's vital that we get the deal done; we should also be seriously looking on an upgrade on Gueye and Coleman in the summer. Coleman seems to have lost the attacking part of his game since that horrible injury... and Gueye just can't pass the ball. And obviously a striker asap... it'll be tough getting that position filled in the January window though.
9 Posted 14/12/2018 at 16:11:02
I've seen the Spurs rumour as well, but I'm skeptical of his fit there. Gomes's best skill is bringing the ball out of the back, but Spurs have multiple players already who can do that. They love midfielders who can score, and that's not in Gomes's game.
10 Posted 14/12/2018 at 16:24:16
And it would be hard to "upgrade" on Gana unless you want to significantly change the team, because he is the only ballwinner in the side, and nobody in the world does that better than he does. There are only a few players who combine that ability with top quality attacking skills, and I don't think Bousquets or Kante are coming here. (I suppose we could splash £80 million on Casemiro.)
11 Posted 14/12/2018 at 17:02:34
12 Posted 14/12/2018 at 18:45:32
Maybe Mike I'm just being greedy..
13 Posted 14/12/2018 at 20:46:50
14 Posted 14/12/2018 at 22:02:02
Struggling to think of many better than this man in the league - be interesting to see how he plays against City who will no doubt have noticed his form, given their lack of Fernanhinho cover Id be worry our Andre might be tempted there.
15 Posted 14/12/2018 at 23:28:29
16 Posted 15/12/2018 at 00:58:02
I would be very surprised if he didn't sign for us. When it comes down to the subject, let's face it, these guys are virtually all Millionaires already, so what do they want more money for? Some do, admittedly, but the impression I got from André is that he is happy at Everton, and I think he knows in the relatively short period he has been with us, he is loved by all, and that is reflected in his performances, which I would imagine will only get better.
Besides all the speculation linking him with Spurs, they are not renowned for paying over the odds for a player; they always seem to get the bargain basement deals and, to be fair, they have been quite successful.
Would he risk, if tempted to join another Club (Spurs), where I doubt if he knows anyone, there are no Portuguese there as far as I am aware. In addition, would he be guaranteed a regular position in their side?
17 Posted 15/12/2018 at 01:29:59
If he says he wants to move here permanently, I can't imagine a deal won't be struck... though Barca will be looking to maximize their profit and leverage our overwhelmingly undisguised interest, while Brands is too shrewd to simply capitulate to their demands. I suspect negotiations will be neither quick nor easy.
18 Posted 15/12/2018 at 20:56:27
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