Gomes comes through practice game

Sunday, 16 February, 2020 63comments  |  Jump to last

André Gomes played for an hour in an 11-a-side match at Finch Farm this afternoon as he nears a complete comeback from a broken ankle.

The Portuguese suffered a fracture dislocation of his right ankle in the Premier League game against Tottenham less than four months ago but could be passed fit to be named in the match-day squad to face Arsenal next weekend.

Everton announced that Gomes played the full 60 minutes of a game made up for first-team and Under-23 players at the club's Halewood training facility without any trouble.

It represents a remarkably swift recovery from a horrific injury that, at the time, looked like it might have ended his season.


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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:25:40
That's extraordinary. And brilliant. His healing properties must be remarkable.

Looking forward to seeing The Beard back on the Goodison pitch.

And I can't wait to hear the roar that will greet him.

John Beesley
2 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:30:25
Well in Andre, we really need you back on the pitch and you might come back a better player, Peter Reid did!
Brent Stephens
3 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:30:36
David Chait
4 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:43:03
Missed him way more than I thought we would... Awesome to have him back
Eugene Kearney
5 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:55:27
Brilliant news. I'm very happy for him. And us!!!!
Hope he's healed 100%.

It will be great to have him back as first choice. Leave Delph on the bench.

Ray Smith
6 Posted 16/02/2020 at 18:57:07
Great news.

I just hope he's eased back in, with a structured programme to get him back to full fitness without taking unnecessary risks.

I didn't expect to see him so soon.

Good luck, André.

Jamie Crowley
8 Posted 16/02/2020 at 19:56:39
This is great, great news. This man is one player every living human being should root for.

Anyone who's seen the YouTube vids of him taking the kids to the game, read the stories of him spending time in hospital with the kid, et al, would agree.

I would love to see Gomes make a full recovery. Sometimes good things actually do happen to good people. Knock 'em in Andre!

Oh, and since I'm a bit nit-picky, please don't commit fouls in dangerous areas when you come back.

Second oh and, don't rush back. We need you long term. Cameos work for me for the foreseeable future.

Third oh and, you're too nice and decent a guy to do this, but maybe have Tom Davies tackle H-M Son knee high when we play Spurs?

Tony Everan
9 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:23:46
Amazing recovery, and fantastic news for the club he is back. Maybe it will take a few more weeks until he is fully match-fit but, even if we get a full-on hour out of him, it will be a massive plus. I am delighted for him.

We have missed his influence at CM but he will be in no doubt that he has to perform and perform consistently. There will be healthy competition for that role and maybe more so after the summer window. He will have to be on his A-game, week-in & week-out, to cement his place.

If he can produce that standard consistently, he will be one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League, one of the players who has the class to help us challenge for the top 4 (or should I say top 5) places.

John Reynolds
10 Posted 16/02/2020 at 20:44:06
Given what that injury looked like at the time, the prospect of having André back for the final run-in almost beggars belief. Kudos to the medical staff and to him for the hard work they must have put in to get him to this stage so quickly.

I used to like Son as a player but can't forgive him for his part in what happened. I wouldn't wish a vengeance tackle on him, like Reid on Marwood after his assault on Adrian Heath, but the “not that sort of player” PR campaign still rankles. 3 points at White Hart Lane and nicking their European place might help.

Mike Corcoran
11 Posted 16/02/2020 at 21:52:12
Bloody hell... that's quick. My 14-year-old lad broke his femur during a match about 2 hours before André and he's still about 4 weeks from a return. Could André be Carlo's new Pirlo?
Ari Sigurgeirsson
12 Posted 16/02/2020 at 22:17:54
Well done, André, and well done, Gylfi, to play this game also.
Paul Birmingham
13 Posted 16/02/2020 at 22:44:10
Great news, and hopefully, he'll be in the squad for Arsenal.

It's a miracle, and hopefully he'll be eased into action, and will find himself again on the park, and a massive boost to this seasons run in.

Derek Knox
14 Posted 16/02/2020 at 23:01:41
Excellent news, I suspect that the game against Arsenal may be too soon for a full 90 minutes, but possibly coming on from the bench could be a strong possibility.

Welcome back, André.

Minik Hansen
15 Posted 16/02/2020 at 23:10:39
Mike #11 wishing your lad a full recovery. Andre must have inspired him also, hopefully in a good way.
Eddie Dunn
16 Posted 16/02/2020 at 23:13:56
Super news, so pleased for him, a lovely chap and I hope he has a measured return, minutes off the bench before a full game.
Jay Harris
17 Posted 16/02/2020 at 23:52:56
Really pleased for the lad as he seems to have made a full recovery but I still think he is a luxury player who dwells on the ball too much and makes poor decisions about his tackling.
Jack Convery
18 Posted 17/02/2020 at 01:12:46
Wow - no other word for this. When we are 5 nil up on the RS bring him on. Let Klippity hear what real support sounds like. I hope Carlo is practising running on the pitch at the end at the end of that game too.
Ray Smith
19 Posted 17/02/2020 at 01:48:03
Jay 17

Watch him go under Ancelotti's guidance!

Ajay Gopal
20 Posted 17/02/2020 at 03:08:42
Good news, but I see his return as a ‘pre-season', getting ready for our assault on the Top 4 next season. If Gbamin can also come back, say, for the final month of the league campaign, we should be fit ready to fight for some honours, hopefully with European football as well.
Bob Parrington
21 Posted 17/02/2020 at 07:32:39
Duncan McDine
22 Posted 17/02/2020 at 07:39:43
Incredible recovery. My wife stubbed her little toe moments after he and Mike's son picked up their horror injuries, but she seems several weeks away from making me a cup of tea in the morning. It's been an emotional time.
Steve Shave
23 Posted 17/02/2020 at 07:51:57
I can see him in a midfield trio with Gbamin and Allan, that would be potentially class. I love Andre and consider him our best player.
Steve Shave
24 Posted 17/02/2020 at 07:54:26
That said I can see us retaining Schneiderlin next season and let him run down his contract (unlikely to have any takers). So him and Davies as back up, Sigi sold (I hope).
Derek Thomas
25 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:12:53
Don't rush him back, needs at least half a dozen build up games under his belt before the Premier League.
Sam Hoare
26 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:15:19
Am gonna trot out my usual Gomes scepticism I'm afraid. I'm pleased that he has recovered quickly and he's clearly very likeable. But have we missed him as much as everyone claims? Obviously the Ancelloti factor is big but that resurgence has happened without Gomes in the team.

On his day he is our most talented central midfielder but that day does not come often enough. This season before his injury he was mediocre, making few tackles and few assists; bypassed too easily and not moving the ball forwards quickly or successfully enough.

If he can recapture some of the highs of last year, or even better his Valencia or Benfica time, then great but my worry is that he is a player that although easy on the eye is not actually doing enough. Will be interesting to see what Carlo makes of him. We're certainly not blessed in central midfield currently.

Martin Reppion
27 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:16:26
This is great news for us and for Andre. A class act on and off the field.
I can't agree with the posts having a go at Son though. It was a relatively innocuous looking tackle which pushed him into contact with another player. I believe that Son's reaction over the next week, particularly when he scored in the next game, was genuine, though cynics will scoff.
Finally, I hope that Andre comes back strongly, but at a time and pace that allows him to be fully fit. After this sort of injury the first full blooded tackle will be mentally tough.
Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 17/02/2020 at 08:59:33
Sam, the most interesting thing will be to see how Gomes, plays under Ancelloti. He struggled at Barca, possibly because of their possession based play, and then he done okay for Silva, whose constant form of attack was down the flanks, but I'm sure a midfielder with attributes like the ones possessed by Gomes, will thrive a lot more by being encouraged to keep playing forwards, rather than sideways, and this is definitely something what I keep reading that our manager wants?

Sam Hoare
29 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:22:09
Tony, yes, I suspect Ancelloti wants a box-to-boxer who can tackle well and pass incisively and quickly (like Allan at Napoli). I'm pretty sure Gomes can't do the former – and I'm not entirely convinced he can do the latter – but let's see...
Liam Reilly
30 Posted 17/02/2020 at 09:39:04
Great to have him back; but I wouldn't be rushing him. There's a big difference between an U23 player tackling one of the senior footballers than a hack from Luiz or Mustafi.

It will be interesting to see how his ankle ... and his nerve ... stands up to the first real challenge.

Carl Manning
31 Posted 17/02/2020 at 10:05:03
Sam, Allan has been dropped entirely by Napoli recently. I think he's on his way this summer. We would definitely need European football to get a player of that level, I think.
Annika Herbert
32 Posted 17/02/2020 at 10:05:21
Martin@ 27, you only have to see the look on Son's face as he leapt into the tackle to know it was anything but an innocuous tackle. Whilst I am not suggesting he meant to do the damage Gomes suffered, he was certainly out for revenge and the ban should have stood.
Dave Williams
33 Posted 17/02/2020 at 10:07:33
The lad is class both on the pitch and off. Sam, I take your point but he showed how good he can be before his slump in form this season. I suspect Carlo will have a specific role in mind for him and will tell him to cut out the stupid fouls around 30 yards from our goal. I think he will thrive especially with a top class new boy alongside him.
Sam Hoare
34 Posted 17/02/2020 at 10:24:26
Carl @31 – I'm not saying I necessarily want Allan (I'd prefer a younger version) but I think Ancelotti will want that type. Perhaps Gbamin is a closer fit to that type than Gomes. We definitely need a bit more athleticism in the middle.

Dave @33 – yes, I think he has the capability but consistency is key for any top-class player. Not much use if he's only showing it one game in four. Difficult to predict our midfield for next season; much may depend on the form of Gomes and fitness of Gbamin.

Niall McIlhone
35 Posted 17/02/2020 at 11:10:00
It says a lot for the player that he has shown the desire and mental toughness to come back from such a sickening injury, and kudos also to the medical and physio teams at Finch Farm in bringing the player back to near match fitness in a relatively short time frame. He returns to a much more functional and confident Everton squad than the one he left through injury. The Blues are, in form, and now with only Gbarmin out through long term injury, there are several options for the manager in midfield.
Schneiderlin cannot be dropped on current form: I never thought I'd hear myself say that.
The prospect of seeing Gomes on the half turn with Richy, Theo or young Gordon haring down the wings for the out ball is something to cherish. That said, our first challenge is to get a win at The Emirates on the back of an Arsenal mauling of Newcastle but having this player back gives us such a vital dynamic of being able to get the ball forward quickly and accurately.
Dave Abrahams
36 Posted 17/02/2020 at 11:14:45
I hope Andre is used from the bench at Arsenal, when we are 2-0 up with about fifteen minutes to go, nice and easy does at the moment.
Karl Meighan
37 Posted 17/02/2020 at 12:27:42
Great news his passing has been missed, great to have him back. Lets hope he can help the team in the run in.
Jay Wood

38 Posted 17/02/2020 at 13:32:03
I am delighted for Andre and amazed by his astonishing recovery. He is obviously a very decent man. I hope he returns to the levels he displayed at Benfica and Valencia.

But I side with Sam Hoare and his comments on Andre. He has the physique, the technique, the power, the passing range, the shooting to be an extremely valuable member of the team.

However, in his time at Everton he has seldom displayed all those skills within single games or consistently over a run of games.

If Carlo Ancelotti can get a more consistent tune out of him, then we potentially have one helluva player. But my opinion remains he ain't 'it' based on his Everton career to date. I sincerely hopes he becomes 'it'.

Francis van Lierop
39 Posted 17/02/2020 at 13:39:03
Very encouraging!
Tom Bowers
40 Posted 17/02/2020 at 14:10:06
If and when he and Gbamin are fully fit and rarin' to go then we may yet see an Everton midfield that can compete with the best.

Had these two not got crocked then Silva may still be with us and arguably the team may still be struggling depending on your views of Silva's capabilities.

Next season may indeed be something we can look forward to (as we do every year) but seriously, with Carlo, things look a lot more promising.

Christy Ring
41 Posted 17/02/2020 at 14:26:10
Great to see Andre back, his recovery has been remarkable, and I hope he's on the bench next Sunday. When he's fit, the sooner he replaces Sigurdsson the better.
Steve Ferns
42 Posted 17/02/2020 at 16:15:04
Mike Corcoran, that's a really interesting point. Could Carlo Ancelotti take a supremely gifted midfielder and make him more effective? As you say, he did it with Andrea Pirlo. People forget that Pirlo was something of a misfiring number 10, who struggled to impact games, struggled to find the space to operate and Ancelotti simply moved him from in front of the central midfielders to behind them, and the rest is history.

That's kind of already been done with Gomes. He was a lot further forwards for Benfica, playing not quite as a 10, but as an 8 with less defensive duties. This was probably because he was young and being eased in, that Benfica only had 2 difficult games a year, and that they had a great defence (by Portuguese standards at least).

I think the ultimate problem for Marco Silva was that he was never able to get Everton to play from back to front quick enough. I have no doubt that he wanted the side to be more direct than they were, and that Gomes was the one he wanted to effect that.

So, it's going to be very interesting to see what Ancelotti does with a supremely gifted player, who for reasons put forward by the likes of Sam Hoare, might not be as effective as he could be.

I hesitate as I disagree with Sam and I think Gomes is our best midfielder, and is effective and does make the team tick. I still think there is room for improvement though, and that we have not seen the best of him, and hopefully, as Mike C. says, Ancelotti can revolutionise his game like he did with Pirlo's.

Rob Halligan
43 Posted 17/02/2020 at 16:16:09
Dave # 36. We were 2-0 up against Newcastle with one minute to go and still threw it away. Give André the last 30 seconds if we're still 2-0 up!!
Steve Ferns
44 Posted 17/02/2020 at 16:20:07
I take your point Rob, but if Carlo had brought on Gomes instead of Davies in that game, then we win. If there's one man you want to love and protect a football, who wears a blue shirt, then Andre is your man.

I do get the point that perhaps we don't want him protecting the ball and people snapping at his ankles just yet, so easing him in to just keep the ball moving and not to draw many fouls (which is a big part of his game) might be the way forward in the short term.

Dave Abrahams
45 Posted 17/02/2020 at 16:25:40
Rob (43), hopefully the manager has learned from that game, I think it is best to be patient and nurse Gomes back after what looked an injury that could have threatened Andre's career.

Anyway you made me laugh over that Newcastle game.

Jerome Shields
46 Posted 17/02/2020 at 17:43:25
Wonder how Gomes will progress according to how Ancelotti will want him to play. I don't think the way he played in Silva system will suit Ancelotti and being susceptible to being pressurised on the ball won't wash either.

I hope that Gomes progresses in the coming weeks.

Steve Shave
47 Posted 18/02/2020 at 11:36:17
Hi everyone, I'm down in Cornwall with my family for a half- term break. Just saw Speedo Mick walking alongside the A30 in the pouring rain in his budgie smugglers... #legend!

please bare his fundraising plight in mind. I'm going to donate when I get back.

Steve Shave
48 Posted 18/02/2020 at 11:36:50
Literally made my day! :)
Liam Reilly
49 Posted 18/02/2020 at 12:23:22
Interesting footage of the game on the Echo site:


– Gomes looks tidy - but he fouls Kean (who looks unimpressed)
– Pickford saved two sitters from Calvert-Lewin
– Iwobi scores
– Don't see much of Schneiderlin or Davies
– Niasse looks like a center-forward!

Martin Berry
50 Posted 18/02/2020 at 12:26:58
I think Gomes will thrive under Carlo's tutelage and maybe he will be introduced in the latter part of the Arsenal game. I would then expect him to make a full reintroduction against Man Utd.

His recovery has been remarkable and we can only hope that there is no reoccurrence with his ankle. Welcome back, Andre!

Jay Wood

51 Posted 18/02/2020 at 12:47:47
I watched that footage earlier, Liam, and agree with most of your observations.

I smiled at the cheap free kick he gave away you mention, but I think it's on Baningime rather than Kean.

And Oumar DID look good and scored a fine goal, but can't read too much from such short footage about anyone.

Jay Wood

52 Posted 18/02/2020 at 12:57:22
And very much Andre Gomes related — I've just read that Spurs' Son has joined Harry Kane on their injured list with a broken arm that will keep him out for a few weeks.


Not bothered about 'Karma' and all that, but more interested in seeing if this helps Everton overhaul them in the Premier League.

Robert Tressell
53 Posted 18/02/2020 at 15:38:54
Good news if Iwobi is properly fit now too. I know he's had mixed form but he's got quality. Can't help but feel Gomes must surely need a bit longer for a competitive match.
Francis van Lierop
54 Posted 18/02/2020 at 15:57:18
I agree with Martin @50, that André will thrive under Carlo, as the latter will recognise (some of) himself in the player.
Francis van Lierop
55 Posted 18/02/2020 at 15:57:19
I agree with Martin @50, that André will thrive under Carlo, as the latter will recognise (some of) himself in the player.
Mike Connolly
56 Posted 18/02/2020 at 18:02:17
getting a bit worried now. Adrien Durham on talk shite has tipped us to finish 4th
James Hughes
57 Posted 18/02/2020 at 18:47:08
Mike. we have a good chance. the others ain't doing well and now Spurs have lost H-son with a broken arm. Not sure if Kane is still out. It will leave them short of goals
Dennis Stevens
58 Posted 18/02/2020 at 18:49:53
I hope so, James. I'd love to see us stuff Spurs on their own midden.
Darren Hind
59 Posted 18/02/2020 at 19:21:31
"Not bothered about "Karma" and all that, but more interested in seeing if this Helps Everton overhaul them in the premier league"

Of course we don't get prizes for injuries to other teams players. Only by winning more points than them can we overhaul them

Graham Hammond
60 Posted 18/02/2020 at 19:43:37
I am pleased and happy that Andre Gomes has made a speedy recovery from what was a horrible injury. He seems also to be a top, classy bloke. Although I wish the very best to the lad going forward, I am not convinced he is totally suited to the fast pace of the Premier League.

I would somewhat sadly have to agree with Sam Hoare (#34) that we need more athleticism in the middle, I would like to see us try and build a side capable of going head to head with Liverpool and I am not sure where Gomes would fit into this. I have always felt he gives away too many free-kicks in dangerous areas and like Sigurdsson seems 'stuck in glue' when tracking back.

Gomes is a lovely footballer and very easy on the eye but I feel that, unless we strengthen all around him, that he is not the future or at least not what we need to go forward medium term.

John Keating
61 Posted 18/02/2020 at 20:04:56
Ancelotti has done really well since coming in, setting the team up as best he can with the players he has had available.

Great news that Gomes is back and hopefully, like a number of other players, he will benefit from Ancelotti's man-management and tactical nous and show improvement from where he was before his injury.

A great time to have him back for the last 12 games and a push on a possible European place.

Simon Smith
62 Posted 18/02/2020 at 20:15:15
Sorry for the unrelated question? Is Reinier Jesus that's signed for Real, the guy we were after?
Steve Ferns
63 Posted 19/02/2020 at 10:19:34
As far as I could tell, the teams and shirt numbers were as follows:

Salmon Pink:
1. GK
2. Cuco Martina
3. Digne
4. Schneiderlin
5. Keane
6. Holgate
7. Kyle John – Chester lad who just turned 19 a few days ago
8. Davies
9. Kean
10. Richarlison
11. Iwobi

Royal Blue
1. Pickford
2. Sidibe
3. Baines
4. Gomes
5. Mina
6. Branthwaite – the 17-year-old January signing
7. Niasse
8. Delph
9. Calvert-Lewin
10. Sigurdsson
11. Bernard
12. Alex Denny – 19-year-old who played for the “first team” in the Cyprus game 2 years ago

Ellis Simms is seen in a Salmon kit but I never saw him make it into the game. Denny came on and I think it must have been Delph who went off and it appeared to happen before half-time as you see Number 12 on the pitch before they walk off and walk back on. Is Delph injured? Or just subbed off?

Jay Wood, sorry mate, Beni Baningime wasn't playing in that training match; he didn't wear 9, he has a beard and short hair. It's interesting that Carlo Ancelotti had Alex Denny and not Beni Baningime as substitute.

Michael Kenrick
64 Posted 19/02/2020 at 13:28:43
Thanks for posting those line-ups, Steve.

We don't get many decent views of the goalie in green but I think it's Stekelenburg. He looks a bit pasty and pale compared to his pictures online... but then he's been shuttered away and has seen very little action for most of the season.

Virginia looks different, and I don't think it can be Tryer or Hansen.

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