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André Gomes says that Everton will always be in his heart as he bids farewell to the Club after almost six years on Merseyside.

In a specially-recorded video posted to social media, the Portuguese midfielder thanked the fans for their support and the staff and players at the Club for making his time with the Blues so special.

Gomes was initially a loan signing from Barcelona where he had struggled to live up to hype suggested by his big-money move from Valencia but, after a year with the Toffees, he was signed in a permanent deal worth a reported £24m.

However, his first season as a full-time Everton player was wrecked by injury, first when he cracked a rib and was sidelined for a month and then by a horrible fracture dislocation of his right ankle sustained in a Premier League match against Tottenham following a reckless lunge by Son Hueng-min.

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Gomes made a remarkably swift return to action, making it back onto the field in just 112 days but he was never able to recapture the form that had prompted the Blaugrana to shell out €35m on him in 2016.

Over the next four seasons, he would make just 27 League starts as a mixture of injury, poor form, the revolving door of managers at Goodison Park and a season-long loan at Lille combined to restrict his opportunities.

He scored the pick of his four Everton goals this season in the FA Cup replay against Crystal Palace, a whipped, curling free-kick that won the tie for the Blues but, ultimately, he wasn’t able to hold down a spot in the team and leaves the Club this summer at the end of his five-year contract.

His goodbye message in full reads:

Dear Evertonians,

I’m doing this video for you as a message of gratitude for all the time we spent together. 

The last few weeks were tough, [both] for me and for my family. My time with the Blue shirt came to an end, but I have to tell you how proud I am [of] all these years. 

This club is full of history with big moments but also with difficult situations that should make us learn from that. But both situations have one thing in common – your passion for this wonderful football club, the love, the relentless fighting spirit, the hard work.

There's another word how special you are: family. Going through up and downs, emotions and amazing atmosphere, you never give up on us. You never give up on the person next to you and that's what community is all about. There [are] no words to describe the impact you have on helping others.

I'm very fortunate and thankful for all the experience and moments we shared together. I met so many wonderful people and I'm touched [by] all of you that made me and my family feel special. 

This message was not supposed to be too long but just a thank you message wouldn't be enough. 

My family grew under your umbrella and nowadays I have my kids singing Everton songs every day. I guess you did a wonderful job because I'm sure we'll never forget our time with you.

I'm not the best person for showing emotions but those who really know me understand how much this means to me, People say that good things somewhere along the line will come to an end and  maybe this is the case but I’ll leave with my heart full of memories and wonderful moments.

And for that, I want to thank you.

One last word to all the staff, players and employees I had the chance to work with: You know how much I love you and how much I will miss you. Thank you, family. 

Always in my heart.


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Colin Glassar
1 Posted 07/06/2024 at 18:59:23
Nice goodbye message from Andres Gomes.

Pity it didn't work out for him.

Rob Jones
2 Posted 07/06/2024 at 19:12:34
Gomes' farewell message captures why many of us, while recognising he was limited, are such big fans.

He bought in, and was always classy, always respectful.

Dale Self
3 Posted 07/06/2024 at 19:57:16
That is class regardless of how you feel about his performance as a player.

Goodbye, Gomes, and genuine good luck to you and your family.

Dan Parker
4 Posted 07/06/2024 at 19:59:31
Top bloke and heartfelt message.

Hope he has a terrific future with his family. Incredibly talented on the ball.

Christy Ring
5 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:00:57
The horrific injury certainly curtailed his career here, but he always seems like a lovely guy. Wore his heart on his sleeve.

A great playmaker who always played well in a 3-man midfield. Wishing him all the best.

Paul Ferry
6 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:04:44
He has had some shocking shite on here from a regular two or three Dan and Dale who are as flatly predictable as a metronome and never missed a chance to pop on here again and again to remind us that Gomes was useless. They became creature caricatures.

I found it embarrassing at times and never once doubted that in Gomes we had a class act as person and player but in the case of the player someone who showed more than enough to suggest his worth but was never fully able to realise it for one fecking obvious reason.

What a lovely classy message!

I wish Andre Gomes nothing but family and footy happiness!

Barry Rathbone
7 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:07:19
Good luck, Andre.

At times you were a beacon of light in a fog of mediocrity. A real shame injuries blighted what could have been.

Peter Moore
9 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:16:13
Yes, Classy love letter and classy footballer. Terrible luck with injuries but I share the desire to send well wishes to Andre and his family.

May success for us be around the corner and the Gomes kids grow up to be proud of their association to a powerhouse of English footballing excellence!

Mike Hayes
10 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:42:05
Class - good luck for the future. 💙
Larry O'Hara
11 Posted 07/06/2024 at 20:51:37
Yes, a class act, and I was privileged to see that goal against Palace.
Gavin Johnson
12 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:14:36
A really nice message to sign-off with.

Gomes did his bit under Dyche last season. He looked class in the Spurs away game and looked solid whenever he came on... The Lille loan seemed to do him good.

Looking back over his whole Everton career...It was just a pity that he suffered that horrendous injury because he never was quite the same player.

His Everton journey characterised that of a few players who signed... like Bolasie, Gbamin, and Delph. I've never known a club to have so much bad luck with injuries from big money signings like us.

Danny O’Neill
13 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:48:00
Never the same after that horrific injury. Son deliberately went after him and then put on his crocodile tears.

Heartfelt message from Andre. Good luck as you refer, you're part of the family now as are your children. It will never leave you or them.

Andrew James
14 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:54:41
Goodbye, Andre.

I saw him in his first season and he was really impressive as a deep-lying playmaker. Such an upgrade on Schneiderlin.

That injury did so much harm and it would have been great to see him return under the next few coaches but c'est la vie.

Classy player, person and deserves more respect than he sometimes got.

Svein-Roger Jensen
15 Posted 07/06/2024 at 21:54:50
I enjoyed watching Gomes! His play revealed intelligence and an ability to read the game, allowed him to knit everything together superbly.

He made those around him so much better, and the Toffees ticking on and off the ball.

Thanks, Andre.

Mark Ryan
16 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:04:33
Loved him and he was a touch of class. Somebody on here once wrote: "If I came home and found him in bed with the missus, I'd tuck him in."

He was loved when he first came but the Son challenge destroyed him. Best of luck to him and his family, a class act.

Tom Bowers
17 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:07:44
I liked Gomes but he was not the same after that crippling injury.

Injury is a nasty occupational hazard for many footie players and careers are often cut short by many years.

Seamus did well to recover from his but alas father time has caught him up too.

Stan Grace
18 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:07:57
A class act on and off the field.

I wish him all the best.

Rob Jones
19 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:12:53
Fully agree, Danny.

I've never agreed with people who tried to minimise what Son did.

He may not have meant to injure him, but if you look at the 10 seconds before, Gomes made him look a muppet, and he went in with a reckless challenge that was never going to get the ball.

Brendan McLaughlin
20 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:19:24
Good guy...

We've bought some crap in the last 10 years.

Andre was easily one of the better ones.

Danny O’Neill
21 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:28:26
Mark, he was our best looking player to be fair!!
Colin Leckey
22 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:29:43
Great message.

He'll always have a special place in my heart as he was MotM in a 2-0 win we had at West Ham which was also the first ever win my boy saw as an Evertonian – him saying “Love you, dad” as we celebrated Bernard's second goal was honestly one of the happiest moments of my life.

So thanks, Andre, for that. Sadly, there were all too few games like that from there after the injury but I wish him all the best for the future.

Colin Malone
23 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:35:38
Class player. Sorry to see him leave.

He would fit into any football-playing side.

Mark Wynne
24 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:36:32
Classy fella who bought into the fanbase.

I wish him all the best.

Duncan McDine
25 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:45:41
Probably too nice to be a top player, almost certainly suffering emotionally and mentally during a fair chunk of his time with us. His footballing talent didn't make up for his lack of determination.

I can remember watching him at Stamford Bridge and he looked visibly depressed at his own performance... almost as depressed as I was!

Likeable guy, but just a very expensive mistake, like most of Moshiri's big-money purchases.

Bill Hawker
26 Posted 07/06/2024 at 22:46:32
Brendan #20,

Spot on!!!

Mike Gaynes
28 Posted 07/06/2024 at 00:16:31
Gavin, Danny, Tom and Christy all subscribe to the baseless legend that the "crippling" injury derailed Gomes's career. I guess that one will live on forever.

The fact is it had no effect -- Gomes had only one goal in 40 games before it, and only one top performance, in the Pickford derby at Anfield (although I will bow to Colin's glowing memory of watching his work at The Hammers a few weeks later).

And as horrible as the injury looked, it was hardly a crippler. Gomes was back in training just 86 days later and missed only 14 games because of it. Barely more than a third of a season. What he was after the injury is exactly what he was before it.

That said, he was by every account a true gentleman and a brilliant representative of the club, diving wholeheartedly into EitC's activities and spending lots of time at Alder Hey. I'd venture to guess that a great many Merseyside children will cherish warm and grateful memories of him that have nothing to do with anything he did on the pitch. I'm glad his own memories of Everton will be similarly warm.

Kieran Kinsella
29 Posted 08/06/2024 at 01:18:00

He does indeed seem like a nice guy.

Makes you wonder though, if Simon Davies, Morgan Schneiderlin and others had been injured like that, how people would be viewing their careers through rose-tinted glasses also?

Gavin Johnson
30 Posted 08/06/2024 at 01:24:11
Mike, supporters were largely behind Everton turning Gomes's loan into a full time signing.

You really believe fans en masse would have wanted to sign him, based on what we saw after that serious injury?!

There's no way we would have paid that sum of money on Gomes post-injury, even with our inept board... I remember him being an influential player from midfield in the initial loan season.

He never was a regular goalscorer... What he did have was more pace, and it was clear he had lost a yard of pace after the injury... There's no blue-tinted glasses from me or other posters.

We can all have a debate on how good he was before the injury, but it's absolutely undeniable that the injury affected him to some extent because his performances stunk the place out more often than not once he came back.

Mike Dolan
31 Posted 08/06/2024 at 06:11:00
It's players like Andre Gomes who make football worth watching. In Andre Gomes and James Rodriguez, we had two exquisite footballers who were great players for different reasons but both were eventually too slow for the inferior minds that managed them.

After all the accelerating mediocrity we have suffered through over the last three decades, I just pray that Everton will be able to play a style of football that allows for genius in our game. After all, we do love the individualistic genius of Alex Young and great practical genius of Alan Ball equally. One was a footballing artist and the other was maybe the first example of the near-perfect modern player.

I just want to thank Andre. You as a player I just totally appreciate.

Jim Bennings
32 Posted 08/06/2024 at 06:41:03
The ability was there, the consistency never was, even before the injury in November 2019, I looked at the Anfield derby performance in 2018 as the level of the bar but he just couldn't reach it regularly enough.

Having said that I have to wish him all the very best in life and say that I think he would be an amazing signing for someone in Portugal or France again.

Mike Gaynes
33 Posted 08/06/2024 at 07:05:05
Gavin #32, it's funny how people see the same games and remember them differently. I recall little influence and little quality during those first 40 games -- perhaps one fine outing every few months. He had one assist. One. And one through ball. In 40 games.

As a Barca fan I had watched him play for three seasons at 6 different positions before they gave up on him and mailed him to us. I knew what we were getting.

But one thing I never, ever remember him showing, either at Barca or Goodison, was pace. And I'm quite sure I wasn't the only one here who strongly opposed turning his loan into a purchase, especially at that price.

He is a top-quality human being. He is not a top-quality player. The Palace goal will always be a favorite memory of mine, and I'm pretty sure I will see him play fairly often in the future, because his rumored destination is MLS. He'll do well here.

Paul Ferry
35 Posted 08/06/2024 at 07:13:02
Mike, you never gave him a chance. You were railing against him before he even set foot on the pitch, something you have criticised others for.

Mind you, this is the one difference you and I have had in ages and I always value and look forward to your posts mate.

Jay Evans
36 Posted 08/06/2024 at 08:13:58
Good luck, Andre, you handsome bar steward.

Lend us your hair for a night out.

Ian Jones
37 Posted 08/06/2024 at 08:42:05
I have read all the messages to see when one detail got mentioned and was just about to place a comment but then Jay's popped up with the hair — 36 comments in!

Re his football, he's another marmite type.

Personally, I thought it was great to have a player with his ability at the club. Decent player, got frustrated at his tendency to give cheap fouls away especially at the edge of the box.

Another player, perhaps at the club at the wrong time or perhaps not suited to the rigours of the Premier League.

Classy message and wish him well elsewhere.

Jerome Shields
38 Posted 08/06/2024 at 09:03:23
Good Luck in the future, Andre. At 30, you may be able to get big wages elsewhere.

You played very well some games. Everton needed the points and I am grateful for that. You were weak under pressure and petulant with it, though lack of pace could account for some late tackles.

You did have a good work rate. The Son tackle which Son got away with, only to get caught out again at Chelsea the following week, did not help you. But you were never going to be a player to build a midfield around at Everton.

You will always be remembered by Evertonians.

Tony Abrahams
39 Posted 08/06/2024 at 09:57:15
God knows he took enough of them whilst he was at Everton, Jerome. (Wages - Mike G, would have helped save us a fortune on!)

I gave Iwobi, quite a bit of stick because I thought he used to break rank and cheat, but when it came to morals, he his the player, I have got the utmost respect for.

He could have easily stayed at Everton, and left for nothing this summer, but by going to Fulham, with only one year left on his contract, he massively helped out Everton football club, at a time when we needed it most.

Dave Cashen
40 Posted 08/06/2024 at 10:06:48
Gary Neville – who managed him – said he was one of the most gifted players he'd seen.

That's some accolade when you consider the players he has played with.

Christine Foster
41 Posted 08/06/2024 at 10:21:05
Gomes, fantastic human being. Class without pace, was never really suited to the time or situation we found ourselves in.

Several managers failed to get the best out of him and farmed him out, but above all he still appreciated the fans. For that and for all the good stuff he did as an ambassador for the club (outstanding), he deserves a huge thank you and well wishes. A good guy, a top man.

His time at the club never had consistency of team, of manager, and he suffered injuries, all of which no doubt impacted on possible performance. It was not to be. But it's with thanks we wish him well, for he deserves that, without the brickbats.

Good luck, Andre, enjoy the MLS if you think it's right for you!

James Marshall
42 Posted 08/06/2024 at 10:30:51
Lovely message from him (there's a video of it on X if you're interested). He's been a class act from day one – not just as a human being, but I always rated him highly as a footballer as well.

He got a bit of stick at times from supporters, and perhaps his game doesn't completely suit the Premier League, but for me he was a joy to watch at times, a Rolls-Royce before his injury and some might say a bit of a luxury player – which all seems reasonable.

Also, a fine-looking man… and my god, that barnet.

Jim Burns
43 Posted 08/06/2024 at 11:55:49
Danny @ 13 nailed it - potentially one of the classiest players (and persons) we have had in a blue shirt in this horrible phase of our history.

I still can't look at Son without real bitterness. A deliberate act of vindictiveness which was essentially pardoned by the usual bent system.

It finished Andre and I too could never accept the unacceptable level of disrespect he often received on here…. one of the reasons I don't come on much anymore.

Even in the last few weeks of this direst of seasons, he was one of the few players still able to protect the ball…

Thanks, Andre – for what might have been.

Geoff Lambert
44 Posted 08/06/2024 at 12:24:10
Classy player in a workhorse team had no chance to shine.
Christopher Timmins
45 Posted 08/06/2024 at 12:42:44
Good luck to the guy.

Unfortunately, another transfer that did not work out for us.

Colin Malone
46 Posted 08/06/2024 at 14:38:50
I watched Gomes in this current side. We didn't play to his strengths.

I saw him many times collect the ball, then that split second, looking for runners; unfortunately, there were no runners. That was his strength.

Just like Sheedy, not the quickest player, Sheedy didn't have to look up, he knew Inchy was on his way down the right wing and the rest is history.

Good luck, Andre, you're not finished yet.

Paul Tran
47 Posted 08/06/2024 at 14:50:34
A classy man who worked his socks off to get fit after his injury. I suspect he'll fare better in a league that's a touch slower.

For me, he was an example of Brands' policy of buying talented rather than effective players. Not quick enough, doesn't score enough, liability in the tackle.

Top, top bloke. I wish him all the best.

Denis Richardson
48 Posted 08/06/2024 at 15:04:30
Not his fault he got injured but I calculate he cost the club, in fees and wages, a total of about £55M over the 6 years he was with us.

For the actual amount of minutes played, that's just nuts. Have no idea what portion of his wages may have been recovered through insurance when injured but we obviously got not a penny back on the ~£25M in loan and transfer fees paid out.

Another to add to the long list of very poor value-for-money players signed during the Moshiri era.

I'm amazed he was at the club for 6 years, to be honest – can barely remember his initial loan spell.

Christy Ring
49 Posted 08/06/2024 at 15:29:44
Mike Gaynes,

We can all look back at different players and have a view. Personally, I loved watching Gomes play in a 3 man midfield, where he had a defensive player beside him who allowed him to show his skill as a playmaker, because he was a great passer.

But when we played him in a 4-4-2, it never suited his game, and remembering back to his first Merseyside derby, he was outstanding. That's the Gomes I remember.

Paul Birmingham
50 Posted 08/06/2024 at 16:32:51
Top man with respect and class.

A shame fate conspired during his 5 years, in the midst of a football club in turmoil. But he is an Evertonian!

Good luck, Andre, in your next club!

Lee Courtliff
51 Posted 08/06/2024 at 16:40:39
Good luck, Andre.
Julian Exshaw
52 Posted 08/06/2024 at 18:13:11
I would not have expected anything less from Señor Gomes who has always come across as a very decent human being and this poignant message was a class act.

I think he would be the first to agree that he never showed his full potential owing to various injuries over the course of his time with us. He was one of those players who did offer something extra last season (his 45 minutes away at Spurs last season being a good example) but those niggling injuries always seemed to hinder a consistent run in the team. A real pity.

I wish him well.

Dean Johnson
53 Posted 08/06/2024 at 18:17:11
Another "What could've been".


Eric Myles
54 Posted 08/06/2024 at 19:03:06
Not a fan, then, Mike #28?
John Keating
55 Posted 08/06/2024 at 19:30:24
Like him or not. Love him or hate him, that farewell message is pure class.

He could have, like many, just walked away. He didn't. Well done and good luck in the future.

Brendan McLaughlin
56 Posted 08/06/2024 at 21:44:48
Too handsome to be a good footballer...

Boy, do I have that t-shirt... feel his pain.

Si Cooper
57 Posted 08/06/2024 at 22:21:55
It is not common for people to reverse their view on someone. Mike G, it seems likely that your scrutiny of Gomes at Barca meant whatever faint glimmerings of promise the majority of us have a notion we could see when he came to Everton were far too little to invoke any trace of appreciation in you.

It seems unlikely that the injury he sustained didn’t take something from him despite (or actually exacerbated by) the quick return.

But he definitely didn’t have enough of what it takes to be a top performer in the tougher leagues, which - Tony - might well justify why he didn’t do an ‘Iwobi’ and leave the club before his contract ran down. I imagine his next contract will be on much reduced terms but somewhat bolstered by being a free signing. I think he was popular at Lille but I doubt so popular that they were prepared to pay Everton a transfer fee and meet his wage hopes. Don’t know whether there were any serious enquiries for him or whether Everton would have allowed him to leave for nothing just to get his wages off the books.

I liked him enough in an Everton shirt to have wished him good luck even before the nice and seemingly genuine message he has produced.

Mark Murphy
58 Posted 09/06/2024 at 08:11:53
Geoff @ 44 nailed it.
Good luck Andre!
Bob Parrington
59 Posted 09/06/2024 at 09:17:43
Big time, good and classy guy.

Thanks, Andre, and good luck in your future!

Barry Cowling
60 Posted 09/06/2024 at 09:27:50
I was always a fan of Andre, a bit of a Rolls-Royce player. He must've found it frustrating playing in this team; he was always looking for runners but no one else was of the same level of football intelligence.

Hence he would have to retrace and hang on to the ball for too long waiting for some movement from others. I for one am sorry to see him go but obviously his wages are far too high for us.

Laurie Hartley
61 Posted 09/06/2024 at 12:42:31
Farewell Andre and thank you. Footballer!
Scott Ellis
62 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:05:52
A wonderful player who was unlucky with injury, but we suspected a blue through and through and will be fondly remembered in years to come.

Good luck with the next stage of your career.

Robert Tressell
63 Posted 09/06/2024 at 15:38:40
Seems like a good bloke, and a graceful footballer too but he's offered us very little. That might have a bit to do with the tactical set up not always suiting him and the limitations of team mates – but really it's because he's not very good.

He hit a very brief purple patch at Valencia and has been trading off it (and his ex-Barca credentials) ever since.

I would have thought free (albeit not very glamorous) options like Josh Brownhill and Will Hughes are at least as good as Gomes, and would offer us much, much more.

Phil Lewis
64 Posted 09/06/2024 at 23:17:35
Sheer class, on and off the pitch. Top man, top player.
At his best, world class, but sadly his undoubted talent never consistently materialised for us and we are left with scant memories of his silky skills.
Given his injury history and age, as our highest earner, probably best we now part ways. But thank you Andre for some great performances in royal blue, which place you head and shoulders above all of the endless list of megamoney flops that we've endured these last twenty years.
Dupont Koo
65 Posted 10/06/2024 at 00:44:18
Neither forget nor forgive Son Heung-Min for ruining Andres' career: while the mainstream media kept showing Son crying like a baby "innocently and remorsefully" after injuring Gomes, I would not believe in a single iota of that narrative.

Just watch the review: Son ran 20 yards to catch Gomes and caught him with an X-rated tackle. Nobody would ran that distance in full speed to catch an opponent just by sheer "youthful exuberance" (other than Rooney's game-saving tackle and subsequent game-winning assist for DC United). That was purely intentional revenge. Plain and simple. And when the tackle went badly, that coward cried his way out not only to try preventing a Red Card & subsequent suspensions, but also to provide his PR team with materials to preserve his perceived character.

Most disgusting part? Son never came clean and apologised.

Anyhow, Andre is pure class on & off the pitch. I wish him and his family nothing but the very best.

Don Alexander
66 Posted 10/06/2024 at 01:37:38
This bloke was never ever suited to the type of club we'd descended to, courtesy of Kenwright.

Frankly, I doubt he was ever suited to any club in the Premier League such was his languid style - and no top club ever had the slightest interest in signing him.

I suspect he and his agent, like many others "negotiating" with Kenwright, just couldn't believe their luck at the lavish contract offered them.

So he's gone, a £millionaire with no need of a job for life courtesy of our (horribly mismanaged) club.

Why on earth does he still need good luck? He's laughing all the way to the bank.

For us he's been about as memorable as Tommy Jackson.

Nicolas Piñon
67 Posted 10/06/2024 at 02:17:06
Best non natural Left footed player at Everton Ive Ever seen. Amazing style and flair. When I Went to Goodison in 2019 last time the taxi driver (liverpool fan) said hed take Gomes from our squad for his technique and vision. And the class and personality he played at Anfield that season. A player from other era. Best wishes and thank you Gomes!
Mike Gaynes
68 Posted 10/06/2024 at 03:03:11
PF #35, that's our disagreement. I did not rail against the original loan.

I was cautiously optimistic that he could have a positive impact if he regained his confidence, which he had completely lost at Barca. I did try to manage expectations by pointing out that in 78 games in the greatest attacking machine in world football at the time, he had managed 3 goals -- all tap-ins -- and 4 assists.

I definitely gave him a chance. I saw the same lack of product. And I saw him give away three soul-destroying late free kicks that first season that cost us games and valuable points.

So yeah, I railed loud and long against buying him for £22M and paying him £112k per week. I still consider it idiocy. Surely we don't disagree on that?

Kieran Kinsella
69 Posted 10/06/2024 at 03:21:19
My issue with Gomes at the time, in conjunction with other signings, was that he, Bernard and Gbamin all had dismal stats for goals and assists.

Bernard was probably the most frustrating of the trio because he had some real skill. He looked like he was born with a ball at his feet but, for all his elegance, the guy seldom scored or created a chance.

When you consider we spent quarter of a million a week to pay him and Gomes, knowing Gueye and later Allan had nothing to offer offensively, it just highlights how poor our recruitment was in that wasteful era.

Phil Sammon
70 Posted 10/06/2024 at 03:37:54
Nicolas 67,

What the bloody hell are you on about? I don't know what him being right-footed has to do with anything for a start.

A technically gifted player, no doubt, but severely limited and, overall, a flop of a transfer.

If he's the best you've seen at Everton, then I don't know what you're on.

Danny O’Neill
71 Posted 10/06/2024 at 06:06:51
I think it is harsh to judge Gomes on goal scoring.

Although Idrissa banged a couple in towards the end of last season, he is hardly prolific, but does a job for the team.

Going back, Gareth Barry was hardly prolific, but did a job for the team.

Going back further, Reid and Bracewell had a combined total of about a dozen goals over a combined near 200 appearances between them.

Some midfielders score goals. Others do a job for the team.

Phil Sammon
72 Posted 10/06/2024 at 07:17:13

Gueye, Barry, Bracewell & Reid could all defend. Gomes is an attacking midfielder who can't offer anything defensively and doesn't score (or assist for that matter).

Danny O’Neill
73 Posted 10/06/2024 at 07:27:43
Playing mostly in poor teams, Phil, unlike the others mentioned. Not many options in front of him for most games he played for us.

Those players played in better teams.

Duncan McDine
74 Posted 10/06/2024 at 09:36:31
I don't think anyone disagrees about Andre Gomes being a classy person. Not one comment questions his efforts for EITC, but his lovely words about Everton don't detract from a very disappointing playing career with us.

I'm baffled that so many on here remember him being so classy on the pitch... one even describing him as "world class" when at his best. Sadly, I must have missed those bits.

For me, he will be added to the long list of highly talented footballers that failed at Everton. That may not all be his fault, but "world class" he wasn't, and never will be.

Dave Abrahams
75 Posted 10/06/2024 at 09:57:56
Duncan (74), A good honest post, strangely Tom Davies got loads of stick on here, when he went I don’t think anyone cared to mention he was a nice, genuine and honest lad off the field.
Ajay Gopal
76 Posted 10/06/2024 at 10:44:20
Lovely parting message from Andre Gomes - very heartfelt and, like almost everyone else, I wish him a good rest of his career and life.

I do think his career was much below initial expectations that Evertonians had of him. I can think of at least 7 or 8 midfield players during my TV-watching Everton career who were more effective than him – Osman, Pienaar, Cahill, Arteta, Barry, McCarthy, Gueye, etc.

But, I think he was more productive than a lot of trash that was acquired in the Moshiri era – Schneiderlin, Bernard, Allan, Delph, Bolasie, Gbamin, Walcott, etc. And his career was not helped by the multitude of managers who walked through the Everton door – Silva, Ferguson, Ancelloti, Lampard, Dyche during his time here.

The stability of the Moyes - Kenwright era is not to be underestimated.

Julian Wait
77 Posted 10/06/2024 at 13:16:18
He came on at half time and saved us from relegation. He'll always be welcome back when he visits.
Colin Malone
78 Posted 10/06/2024 at 14:04:42
Julian @77.
Sorry, but he got subbed at half time for Dele Ali.
Dave Cashen
79 Posted 10/06/2024 at 15:53:19
Dave A. Well said

Tom Davies did as much work for EitC as any player.

In his time here, we signed Allan, Schneiderlin, Gomes, Gbamin, Delph to play as defensive midfielders – £150M in wages and fees?

Davies wasn't just a nice lad, he played more than all of them, won more games than all of them, and scored more goals than the lot of them put together.

Classy guy who always seemed to rise above the unfathomable hatred.

Andrew James
80 Posted 10/06/2024 at 00:40:04

I won't hear a bad word against Tom. He never hid and was asked to play as a No 8, 10, box to box and central defensive midfielder under Koeman, Allardyce, Unsworth and Silva.

I was a midfielder at absolutely no level worth mentioning and being expected to play in those roles every week for 18 months must have eroded his development.

As an aside, regarding his personality, after a match in 2018, I got off the Lime Street to Euston train at the end with the time being about 11pm and he and Calvert-Lewin stepped off the train in front of me and were more than happy to chat and fist pump.

It's a massive shame he's not still a squad player for us as we could do with his flexibility and tenacity.

Kieran Kinsella
81 Posted 11/06/2024 at 01:12:46
Maybe I misunderstood but I saw Dave Abraham's comment not being so much a “Tom was great” comment but a “why are we lauding this guy who as a player after 6 years earning a £100k plus a week, plus transfer fee who really offered us nothing.”

I'm sure Andre and Tom are nice blokes off the field. Stephen Naismith is a nice bloke too and had much more of an impact than either one of them. But when he left the general sentiment was “good money for a guy who hasn't quite made himself a starter.”

We all knew Naismith did a lot for charity and fans but I guess because he actually made an impact on the pitch we didht have to trump that fact to try and justify his time with us. Different story with Tom and Andre though one earned a relatively meager the other is a multi millionaire.

Annika Herbert
83 Posted 11/06/2024 at 04:11:25
Mike @ 28,

We all have our differing views on various players obviously. I still think the vastly overpriced Icelandic midfielder was one of our worst ever buys.

But everyone to their own opinion

Nicolas Piñon
84 Posted 11/06/2024 at 04:28:43
Phil @70,

What I meant was Gomes is the best naturally two-footed footballer at Everton I’ve ever seen. I appreciate technique in midfielders. Cheers mate.

Mark Murphy
85 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:00:42
Nicolas, I’ll start the ball rolling..
Wayne Rooney…
Danny O’Neill
86 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:11:44
It is a shame Gomes couldn't have played more for Everton.

Seeing as Tom Davies has entered the conversation, but I don't understand the the targeting

Opinions, yes. Criticism for individual poor performances, that's natural. I've done it, we all do it.

Michael Keane worries me.

But, like Tom and Gomes, once they are on that pitch representing Everton, I am fully behind whoever is playing.

Phil Sammon
87 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:12:12
Nicolas @84,

I don't think Gomes was anything out of the ordinary in terms of ambidexterity. He was certainly much better on his right. Barkley and to a greater extent Rodwell were both better in that regard. Louis Saha too.

Even Aidan McGeady.

Danny O’Neill
88 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:22:09
Mark, despite his greatness as a footballer, have you seen Rooney later?

He's put some "timber" on!! I guess it comes to us all.

I was coached to use both feet by my German coaches as a youngster, which helped me later on, as I could be switched and play in different positions. I used to coach it into the youth teams I coached.

But, some of the best players have been one-footed. I won't mention his name, but you know who I mean!!

It's a good attribute, but not the be-all and end-all.

Mike Gaynes
89 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:26:19
Annika #83:

Sigurdsson: 156 games, 31 goals, 25 assists.

Gomes: 114 games, 4 goals, 7 assists.

Who was the better investment?

Mike Gaynes
90 Posted 11/06/2024 at 06:36:53
Actually, one of Andre's best plays ever was a late game assist where he tracked down an overhit ball, spun to his left foot and crossed perfectly for Dom (I believe) to head in an equalizer. Can't remember the opponent.

So he did have a left foot. But I never saw him do anything else particularly special with it.

Dave Abrahams
91 Posted 11/06/2024 at 09:58:22
Kieran (81),

Yes, that's exactly what I meant about Tom Davies. I criticised him, once, as being a slow learner with some of the same mistakes being made in different games.

But I also understood he played, like a few others, under a few managers in the time he was being introduced to the game and he never went missing, never let the groans get him down, and gave his best all the time he was on the field.

It's nice that other Everton fans recognise some value in Tom. I hope he has a good career with Sheffield Utd and carries on playing and earning a good wage.

Brian Harrison
92 Posted 11/06/2024 at 10:15:17
Whatever anyone thought of Gomes as a footballer, his message to fans and the club was nice to hear.

I will look forward to hearing something similar from Dele Alli… who spent more time in London than Merseyside during his time here.

Dave Cashen
93 Posted 11/06/2024 at 13:11:37

Three international managers and two Champions League winning managers have played Tom Davies when he was fit. It was more his lack of abilty which stopped him being top class than his ability to learn.

Koeman said he had an excellent understanding of the game. He was "positionally excellent" according to Unsworth. Allardyce said he was very impressed by his professionalism. I think Ancelotti summed him up perfectly. "He doesn't have the quality to be Number 10, but he has excellent tactical awareness."

Later, when asked as Real Madrid manager, Carlo described him as an excellent professional. "He cannot play No 10 but, when you play three midielders, he can play in all three positions, because tactically he is very intelligent."

Davies clearly made the most of the talent he had, living the dream 155 times. I said I thought he rose above the hate he received from a vociferous minority, but having read some of the quotes from his managers. I don't think he gave two hoots about anything ignorant haters had to say.

Dave Abrahams
94 Posted 11/06/2024 at 18:46:44
Dave (93),

Well I won't argue about his ability good, bad or indifferent whatever. I always thought he was an honest player who played the best he could in every game he played for the Blues and never shirked in any of those games. He just loved playing football and certainly thought it was an honour to play for Everton.

Michael Connelly
95 Posted 12/06/2024 at 14:35:13
Gomes' lack of pace was always his biggest problem. He was noticeably quicker and sharper at Valencia, which was why Barca shelled out the money for him. Think a bit of weight gain didn't help him. He was slow even before the ankle injury.

Wish him well, though he absolutely robbed the club. 120k a week over 5 years? Just the 31m quid

Habib Erkan Jr
96 Posted 12/06/2024 at 17:38:20
Class act, did not let adversity defeat him. Wish him the best 💙

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