Barca loanee Andre Gomes comes under coach's criticism at Everton
- After early success at Everton, Andre Gomes is experiencing a slump in form.
- He has even come under criticism of the head coach, Marcos Silva, after below-par performance against Southampton.
- The Portuguese is on loan with the Toffees and in principle should return at the end of the season.
Andre Gomes loan at Everton has been a mixed bag for the Portuguese so far. After earning some early praise from the coach, the fans and the experts alike, he is under fire following a bad performance in the 2-1 away loss against Southhampton.
Everton boss Marcos Silva has taken the midfielder off in the second half and criticised Gomes in his post-match interview:
"It was a difficult game for Andre, although not just for him, for the whole team," he said. "Of course he didn't like it. He's not happy with his performance, but that's not just him, it's other players as well.
"Andre did really, really good things for us, but we didn't see the normal Andre Gomes against Southampton. I am sure that will all change.
"It's not about if he's tired or not. We had a normal week to prepare for the game and I didn't see Andre as tired of anything like that, that's not an excuse for us."
Back in December, the coach insisted that the Toffees want to sign a permanent contract with the Portuguese midfielder.
"Our owner and our board will [...] do everything we can to achieve it but it is not just one decision that is in our hands," Silva said. "If it was we would possibly move faster because it is impossible to be more happy with Andre than we are at the moment."
It's unclear if the Toffees still intend to follow through with their plan of singing Gomes.
The Portuguese's release clause is reported to be up to 100 million euros, however, Barcelona could possibly let him leave for a more affordable sum. Transfermarkt price the 25-year-old at 15 million euros which is a fair price for his services.
Andre Gomes has always been considered to be a flop at Barcelona given a huge €37m transfer fee the Catalans paid for him. The Portuguese arrived at the Camp Nou stadium in the summer of 2016, however, he failed to settle in here and even admitted he was struggling psychologically due to an enormous pressure. Eventually, he was loaned to Everton for just €2.25m.