Emotional André Gomes reads fans' letters

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019 25comments  |  Jump to last
Since André Gomes suffered his ankle injury, Everton have been inundated with messages of support from around the world. To show him the love he has received from Evertonians and the wider football community, the club sat him down recently to present him with everything he has been sent so far...

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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:10:23
He really is quite a shy guy, isn't he? And he's obviously still deeply emotional about what happened.

Very nice outpouring of support. Well done, Everton fans. Except for the one who broke her toe.

Paul Jeronovich
2 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:21:11
Get well soon André
Kim Vivian
3 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:24:28
What a good lad. Get well and strong soon, Andre.
All the best mate from all the Vivs (4 of us) in Kent.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:40:45
Mike, I think the emotion is to the reaction. Feeling the love, as they say. Good to see him with his cast off and getting rubbed down. That's a good sign surely?

I really hope he comes back to his best and has the career we all want him to. If he does, I think he could be an Everton legend as he's developing the ties to prevent being poached away (I hope!).

Dave Williams
5 Posted 27/11/2019 at 16:48:31
What a thoroughly decent human being he is. Quality guy- get back soon Andre- my god we need you fit and at it!!
Brian Williams
6 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:01:23
Have to say it. Well done to the supporter of the other lot, classy touch (for once).
Steavey Buckley
7 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:13:25
I am not sure about the outcome of the tackle of Son on Gomes. I am aware the red card was rescinded but was a yellow card introduced? If it was, then it was a deliberate foul tackle to fell Gomes. No matter what player makes a deliberate foul tackle to bring a player down and is subsequently injured, the club should be held responsible for paying compensation for the cost of wages and the cost of another player while the player recovers from the injury.
Oliver Molloy
8 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:22:42
Yes man, God knows the team needs you!
Sandra Williams
9 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:47:50
He's obviously been on an emotional rollercoaster since the injury happened and he probably didn't know how important he already is to our Club. I wish he could deliver the team talk on Sunday and next Wednesday if that can't get the team up for it then I don't know what would!!
Mike Gaynes
10 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:47:58
Steve #4, yep, I just spent a month in that same style boot and it's way better than a cast!

Steavey #7, Son did not receive a retroactive yellow card for the tackle on Gomes.

Steve Ferns
11 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:50:34
Mike, I thought he had a cast on last week? If so, it must be a good sign that it's off and the boot is on and he's able to go to Finch Farm for rehab.
Michael Kenrick
12 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:56:04
Steavey, the witnesses are divided on whether Son was shown a yellow card (as Lyndon claims in his reportage) or if Atkinson took out the yellow card but never actually showed it to Son, before pocketing in favour of a straight red (as I saw it).

In any event, the red would have replaced the yellow, rather than being in addition to it, and the fact that it was rescinded is baffling to me, although plenty on here justified it. Son made a very obvious, cynical and vindicative tackle from behind without being anywhere near the ball — yellow card at least... and the damage it caused was fully worthy of a red all day long.

The FA has no such requirement for clubs paying compensation. The only precedent I can think of for what you are insisting on here is the case of Victor Anichebe, who sued that animal Kevin Nolan for a disgusting tackle that effectively ruined his career:

Newcastle Utd reportedly settled out of court for a six-figure sum.

Mark Guglielmo
13 Posted 27/11/2019 at 17:56:21
I'm hoping doctor scientists reconstruct his leg with robot parts a la RoboCop and he comes back 127% better than before.

Also, he consistently seems like such an awesome human.

Justin Clark
14 Posted 27/11/2019 at 20:34:53
Somewhat To Sandra's point at 9 I was hoping some good would come out of this awful injury by being a rallying cry for our team. How wrong I was. hoping André comes back stronger and better than ever.
Paul Birmingham
15 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:22:53
Well need a fit André, whose hopefully gonna get back to his best. A steady midfield, reliable midfield unit, we desperately need.

Arguably you could say the same for our defence and attack.

Andy Crooks
16 Posted 27/11/2019 at 22:42:55
Michael @ 12, did not Moyes, perhaps our next coach, not exonerate the odious Nolan, stating that he was not that kind of guy?
Derek Knox
17 Posted 28/11/2019 at 11:45:11
Hope he makes a speedier than expected recovery, he has been missed as has JP Gbamin, Bernard and Delph.

He might make his comeback under a new Manager, interestingly Jorge Jesus knows him well and more or less launched his career.

Jerome Shields
18 Posted 28/11/2019 at 12:44:00
I wish André all the best with his recovery.
Ray Roche
19 Posted 28/11/2019 at 14:23:55

Andy, they're ALL “ not that kind of guy” until they ARE that kind of guy. The majority of tackles like this and the one on Coleman may well have been due to the red mist but, at that precise moment, the intention was to “get him”. Ok, a second later, when Son or Taylor saw the results of their assault, then they may well have been consumed with remorse but it's a bit late then. And as we saw with Son, they soon forget.

Have a look on Google at the Nolan tackle and also the one on Naismith by Gerrard. Look at the tackle and the look of fury on their face and tell me they're “Not that kind of guy”.

Jer Kiernan
20 Posted 28/11/2019 at 16:17:10
Get well soon lad, heart goes out to this kid, he is one of the few players we have where you thought he has the potential to do great things, and knows what to do with a ball when it comes to him

He ran the show at Mordor last year, fingers crossed he can come back and fullfill his potential, As discussed ad nauesem I feel Son got off lite on this ( not saying he meant the outcome) but is a real indightment of how the media (PR machine)can influence and indeed interfere with sporting results /outcomes, which is basically what VAR is all about

Best Wishes

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 28/11/2019 at 16:34:43
Ray #19, but the Nolan and Gerrard tackles WERE vicious -- two-footed legbreakers with a clear and obvious intent to injure. And Nolan, Gerrard and Taylor all injured their targets directly with the impact of the tackle itself.

There was nothing "red mist" or two-footed about Son's tackle, and Gomes wasn't injured by Son's impact itself, but by the way he fell. It was certainly a retaliatory foul worthy of a yellow, but not vicious or intended to injure.

I see a clear difference there.

Steve Ferns
22 Posted 28/11/2019 at 16:41:28
Mike, I disagree. But I won't repeat my reasoning. We have bigger things to worry about and as far as Gomes is concerned, lets just let Andre get on this making a full recovery and hope that all those cards and presents give him a boost in his recovery.
Ray Roche
23 Posted 28/11/2019 at 17:11:31
Mike, the reference to Nolan and Gerrard was that fact that both these thugs were ''Not that type of guy''.Everyone said so. And as I said, none of them are. The look on Gerrard's face

Son chased Gomes around for, what, sixty seconds after the apparent elbow and the fact that it was Gomes' bad luck that his studs got caught doesn't hide the fact that Son had fallen victim to the red mist. Of course he didn't mean/think that his tackle would result in such a bad injury. But it did.

Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 28/11/2019 at 19:11:07
Agreed, Ray, everybody is "that kind of guy" under certain circumstances. I certainly have been.
Stan Schofield
25 Posted 28/11/2019 at 19:26:17
Mike, although everybody might be 'that kind of guy' under certain circumstances, there is no excuse for Son being 'that kind of guy' under the circumstances of what happened with Gomes.

In the original discussions, I used the phrase 'assuming Son was genuinely remorseful' or something like that. You pulled me up on that, and I accepted what you said.

However, having thought about it further, I feel my original phrase is justified, given the premeditated nature of his actions, not in any deliberate aim to break someone's limb, but in a deliberate aim to foul from behind in a knowingly dangerous way. Such action needs to be punished rigorously, as a deterrence to both him and others.

And I'm far from convinced he wouldn't do it again, given his track record. And of course, genuine remorse really means a determination to avoid such actions in the future, which is very doubtful when someone has already shown repetition.

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