Silva hopeful over Gomes's prognosis

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Marco Silva says that he and his team are hoping that André Gomes didn't suffer any serious injury during today's goalless draw with Crystal Palace.

The Portuguese was forced off with an ankle injury on the stroke of half-time at Selhurst Park, a blow to the team at a time when they were dominating the contest, and he will be assessed back at Finch Farm tomorrow.

Gomes's injury came in a physical contest in which Everton struggled to break down their hosts who were happy to concede the bulk of the possession.

"It was a tough game, competitive as you would expect,” Silva said. “We lost Andre, we were controlling the game, creating moments. It's clear for me in some moments when you bring in new players they need time to adapt.

"Today was a good example, we lost some balls in zones we cannot.

“[Based on our] first half [we] deserved something more. A clean sheet, the attitude was there. We lost some easy balls and if they didn't happen we would have controlled the game until the end.

"We hope it's not serious with André,” Silva said after the game. “Let's see in the next few hours. It's an ankle injury.

“Let's see what our medical staff say but we hope it's not too serious."

Compounding Silva's problems in central midfield was a second-half sending off for Morgan Schneiderlin who was shown a second yellow card by referee Jon Moss with a quarter of an hour to go.

The Frenchman is now suspended for the visit of Watford next weekend which could deprive the manager of both of his starting central midfielders from today if Gomes is ruled out.

Silva was asked in his post-match press conference if he was concerned by a lack of depth in midfield now.

"I didn't see the first [booking]," Silva said, “but the referee gave the second.

“For me it was not [a yellow], but Morgan should not react like he did. if you are playing with a yellow card, you have a risk.

"I'm not seeing a lack of midfielders. We had two midfielders on the bench. I had Jean-Philippe [Gbamin] and Tom Davies on the bench. Fabian Delph is injured like you know.

"If you ask me if I'm missing a key player in that position, then you can talk about that but I don't think it's important in this moment because we have to worry about our squad and how to manage the situation.

"We're talking about a key player. Now is the moment for me to work with the player and to improve them. Jean-Philippe needs time to adapt because it's a new competition and when you sign young players, you have to give them time to adapt.

"It's a different competition, a different pace of the game and he has the quality and he will show that in the future."  

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Derek Knox
1 Posted 10/08/2019 at 21:52:27
It never ceases to amaze me when Managers are interviewed and asked about a specific incident, which in turn contributed in some measure to the sending off in this case, "I didn't see the first booking" — Why? Where was he? Playing "Blind Man's Buff"? You can bet if it was regarding an opposition player's tackle, he would have seen more than we as fans did!

Anyway, I digress, I do hope that Andre Gomes's injury is only minor, as his absence was noticeable; from then on, the midfield lost any semblance of a plan.

Hopefully too, Alex Iwobi will be available for selection, although I would be surprised again if he was to start.

Sam Hoare
2 Posted 10/08/2019 at 22:01:51
Hope Gomes is back soon. To miss him, Delph and Schneiderlin is a whole midfield.

Gbamin was ropey today but long term his partnership with Gomes is key. Gbamin is fast and strong and a very decent passer. He will just have to adjust to the league and realise there will be less time on the ball for him.

If Gomes is out next week, then it will be Gbamin and Davies, which could be interesting!

Kieran Kinsella
3 Posted 10/08/2019 at 22:05:50
I'm not totally sold on Gomes but, in the first 30 minutes or so, he was directing play, pinging the ball out wide to Coleman and Digne. After he went off, things quickly went down hill. There was no control thereafter. Hopefully he and Delph will be back ASAP.
Roger Sunde
4 Posted 10/08/2019 at 22:37:42
Is it just me that find it weird he put on Gbamin before Davies when Gomes got injured? Isn't Schneiderlin suppose to be a holding midfielder? Why did we suddenly need two?
John McGimpsey
5 Posted 10/08/2019 at 23:05:05
Gomes will be a monster for us. And Gbamin will learn after getting robbed a couple of times today. We'll be fine... onwards and upwards for the Toffees.
Jim Bennings
6 Posted 11/08/2019 at 07:03:09

It probably tells us much about what the manager thinks of Davies that he throws Gbamin in so quickly.

Forget about last season's captaincy for Davies, that was a long time ago; clearly Silva and his coaches watch Davies all week and he doesn't justify inclusion regularly enough for the weekend. We don't know what happens in training all week so it's a bit daft to say “Why this and why that”?

You could well justify the inclusion of Schneiderlin because he ended last season in pretty good form and is more disciplined at sitting in the holding role than Davies, who wanders, but for the red card (the first yellow harsh too?), Schneiderlin was arguably 6/10 steady.

It's the general lack of movement going forward from our attacking players that let us down. Bernard needs to be more dynamic around the box and I've said this for a while now. Plenty of nice flicks but too much of it doesn't hurt the opposition.

Sigurdsson and Richarlison need to get shots off quickly (like Richarlison's one snap shot that went wide)

Up top, Calvert-Lewin just isn't anywhere near aggressive enough, not in away games when you need to show up and be big and brave. His runs are also clueless and everything just feels rather half-hearted with him when attacking the ball.

Stephen Brown
7 Posted 11/08/2019 at 07:21:55
We should be creating a culture now that sees Davies and Gbamin try to seize this opportunity to make themselves undroppable!

The same should apply to every position! The best teams should have no players who are automatic picks!!

Fran Mitchell
8 Posted 11/08/2019 at 07:55:56
Gomes is a big miss, but a good chance for Davies to stake a claim. Should've been Davies and not Gbamim who came on.
Peter Warren
9 Posted 11/08/2019 at 08:04:16
Our central midfield options are weak despite many believing we were over-stocked in this area. Without Doucoure or someone else of that ilk, it's going to be yet another season of transition, same thing every year.

Mina looked good; it will be interesting to see how he and Keane cope with the top guns.

Jim Bennings
10 Posted 11/08/2019 at 08:41:30

Please don't mention the word “transition” so soon again!

It feels like we've had 10 years of "transition" with the same problems, year-in & year-out, and no real tangible progress.

Martin Berry
11 Posted 11/08/2019 at 08:55:32
We seemed well in control until Gomes's departure; it looked more painful than long-term. I thought Davies played very well when he came on and I have very high hopes; likewise Gbamin, once settled. No worries in midfield.
Pat Kelly
12 Posted 11/08/2019 at 12:38:59
Silva is in for a very rough season. He has invested his credibility in Schneiderlin who is "here till the end", if not the end of the first game of the season. Or even the start of the next, but that's probably for the better. Silva acknowledged he was a risk after the first booking but left him on. He claims he didn't see the first booking(!) and claims the second wasn't a booking. So he's letting him off the hook.

Delph is already in his accustomed position on the treatment table. He is not dependable.

Sigurdsson is anonymous most of the time. Can't see that turning around.

Bernard is a show pony but delivers nothing in terms of assists or goals. The sooner Iwobi is ready, the better. Hopefully he will settle in well. I think he has something promising.

Mina and Keane were solid and need to be as their cover is weak, which is worrying.

Up front, there are no goals. Calvert-Lewin and Tosun have shown they can't be relied upon to deliver. Much now depends on young Moise Kean. And Richarlison making a better contribution.

The pre-season was pathetic. We are far from ready. I see a fraught season ahead. Forget Top 6.

Jim Bennings
13 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:00:32

Do you feel that our pre-season was not quite intense enough?

For me one of my gripes were that we spent too much time pussyfooting about on local parks in the Alps and playing kids that were frankly never going to kick a ball for the first team this season and including the likes of Joe Williams and others like Kevin Mirallas, just why?

Other clubs were playing in big tournaments like Spurs in the Audi Cup, even West Ham and Wolves found themselves in big company.

Our best pre-season ever was 2013 in America against some European giants and what followed was a well-prepared season which was capped off by 72 points and 5th.

This whole summer felt a bit of a fanny about.

Alan McGuffog
14 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:05:13

Wenger, for me, got the Ray Charles / Stevie Wonder award. Must have spent most of every game in the queue for the pies.

Pat Kelly
15 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:05:53
Jim, it was laughable. A glorified training session with random selections. Yes, we didn't have all the first choices, we didn't get some till last week.

Unfortunately, the first month of this season is now our real pre-season. And it will show.

Barry Connor
16 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:12:53
Silva said: "Fabian Delph is injured, like you know".

So how is he injured and how long will his recovery be?

Seems odd to be concentrating on Gomes without providing an update on Delph.

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:34:13

My sentiments exactly!

While I get it when people say it's “only pre-season” if you get into too much of a mode where it's all changing squads and players involved that we knew won't be even up for the slightest consideration playing in half arsed games then it does take an edge away.

Every game should have an edge to it pre-season or not.

The fact we also played just the one match in the U.K. was also a bit mind boggling.

The only real remotely intense matches were Wigan and Werder Bremen.

I'd have like to have seen maybe a game up at Celtic get the juices flowing a bit with an England v Scotland rivalry.

Too much time in training sessions in Switzerland and Kenya and then that pointless 60 minute tournament in Germany which gleaned nothing.

David Pearl
18 Posted 11/08/2019 at 13:40:49
Roger, 4

I think if Bobby was still in charge, when Gomes came off (looked like tweaked ligaments to me) he would of replace him with an attacker and dropped Siggy back maybe. Though to bring Davies in was probably the call. I'm guessing Silva just wanted to give the new guy a go... with absolutely nothing to do with tactics. l think we all know that apart from his plan A he has less in his locker than Niasse will by the end of the month.

I've said before that Gbamin is more a replacement for Schneiderlin than Gana. No wonder he wanted Doucoure but good to know that even though we have 5 central midfield players we are still missing a 'key player' in that postion. The window closing so early has done us no favours. Guess we will have to wait another year before Silva has the team he wants on the pitch so he doesnt have any more excuses.

How is possible to again make 6 or 7 signings and still be short of what we actually need. It took 5 years to replace Baines. We are improving squad wise yes but still lacking those 2 or 3 players that would take us into the top 4.

Jim Bennings
19 Posted 11/08/2019 at 14:32:39
Well now we can probably see why silva actually wanted to sign Doucoure before the window closed, people were saying where will he play, but as I posted, to be successful or even be able to cope you need a good solid squad.

Already Delph is injured, Gomes is injured, Schneiderlin is suspended and Gbamin looks like he will require patience.

So we are left with Tom Davies who whilst he works hard, what is his real outstanding talent?

We are over reliant on Sigurdsson to score, when he's shit like yesterday we call for his head and ask for him to be replaced by Bernard in the middle but our little Brazilian, whilst I love him, he's another one who can't hit a bulls arse with a banjo so I don't see what he's going to offer in the middle that Gylfi doesn't?

Out wide Richarlison continues to be hit and miss, again while he's talented, does he really really have enough impact on games like yesterday?

Up front we need to start Moise Kean and give him a baptism of fire next week, 19 or not, he's played and started for Juve and Italy, we can't sit there and watch DCL toiling away aimlessly again with no hopes of scoring.

Iwobi needs bringing into the squad and needs to really push Bernard I think, if he can offer more of a direct threat to goal then maybe it's time to start him?

Derek Knox
20 Posted 11/08/2019 at 14:59:58
Jim @ 17, you left out the Yodelling, Cuckoo Clocks, Chocolate and oh, White Water Rafting, you never know when these skills will come in handy in a game of top-level Football. :-)
Tony Hill
21 Posted 11/08/2019 at 15:04:02
Good point, Barry @16. What is the Delph situation?
Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 11/08/2019 at 15:21:26
Silva will probably now use Davies to replace Schneiderlin rather than in his more natural role which is playing Gomes' position. It started with Koeman and Silva seems to persist with playing him, when he does, as a defensive midfielder. The alternative would be to move Bernard or Sigurdsson into the middle alongside Davies or Gbamin (if Siggi play Bernard in his role) and play Iwobi wide left.
Bobby Mallon
23 Posted 11/08/2019 at 15:21:41
Jim Bennings 13 well said
Kevin Prytherch
24 Posted 11/08/2019 at 15:40:14
Don't know what we're complaining for.

Home against Watford with Gbamin and Davies in midfield. 3 points easy.

Peter Knight
25 Posted 11/08/2019 at 19:43:15
I thought Gomes was having a bad game. When Davies came on he looked good and we were playing with 10 men.

Mind you Doucoure scored a nice goal to get Brighton going but I expect people to be calling for Silva to be sacked when the bad weather comes and nothing to play for.
Eric Paul
26 Posted 11/08/2019 at 20:45:13
Jim @6,

Don't you think he was holding Davies back to shore things up in the latter stages as he trusts him more.

Eric Paul
27 Posted 11/08/2019 at 20:48:26
Jim @13,

As most of the first team, we're away on international duty and hadn't reported back due to the two-week rule. We played the kids and fringe players out of necessity.

Eric Paul
28 Posted 11/08/2019 at 20:59:20
In Brands and Silva I trust, sit back buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Win or lose on the booze if we draw we'll have some more. Above all, we are EVERTONIANS; the rest are just that. The rest. COYB NSNO

Jack Convery
29 Posted 12/08/2019 at 04:33:02
Hopefully Gomes will be fit if not play Davies. I hope Deulofeu's not back to haunt us.

Pre-season is now a fallacy thanks to the competitions played in the summer – this summer, South American competition, Afcon, U21 competitions, etc etc. No serious competitions should be played from mid-July to mid-August, with the season starting on the 3rd Saturday of August.

It's Football authorities with their clamour for more and more money that is ruining pre-season. The Europa League kicks off in July, ffs – it's ridiculous. The other thing I'd like to see changed is the transfer window.

Uefa should instruct all European Leagues that is must end 2 weeks before the season starts. The weekend the season starts should be the same for all European Countries. That way all teams / squads are up and running and on an equal footing.

For the next 2 weeks, European teams can buy from English teams. What happens if Real Madrid came up with 𧶀m for Kane what would Spurs do or Barca with 䀆m for De Gea, what would Man Utd do? Both teams could have very unhappy players on their hands – good for us but you can see what I'm getting at. It's a nonsense.

Rob Marsh
31 Posted 12/08/2019 at 19:28:16
Gomes was doing too much of the sideways crab thing against Palace, I need to see some of that flair and composure he has used to carry the ball into the last 3rd.
Martin Berry
32 Posted 14/08/2019 at 19:54:13
Gomes will be fit, I am sure, and there are reports of Delph being seen in training too!

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