Carlo Ancelotti admitted he has been delighted by the form of midfielder Andre Gomes in the past few weeks, speaking at his press conference ahead of Everton’s FA Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur tomorrow night.
Asked about the form of the Portugal international, Ancelotti said: “We were really pleased for (Gomes’) last two performances.
“He played really well – with confidence, quality and experience. I hope he can continue.”
Ancelotti focus elsewhere
Ancelotti and Gomes are looking to lift Everton’s first major trophy since 1995. However, despite the tasty tie the Italian suggested Everton’s focus remains elsewhere.
Ancelotti said: “For the stability of the club, the most important (thing) is to reach the position in Europe.
“Winning a trophy will be really important but the stability of the club will have a big improvement if we reach Europe.”
Gomes back to his best?
Gomes completed 90 minutes in consecutive matches for the first time this season – away to Leeds United and Manchester United.
Everton bagged four points from the two tricky tests, thanks in part to their number 21.
Gomes has primarily been brought off the bench having been initially replaced by summer signings Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure, from Napoli and Watford respectively.
Although Doucoure remains ever-present in Everton’s midfield, Allan has been absent since mid-December because of a hamstring injury.
Allan’s misfortune has been Gomes’ gain. The 27-year-old suffered his own injury woes last year, which forced him to miss four months of the campaign.
Now back to full health, Gomes will hope to get an extended run in Everton’s engine room.
Marco Silva signed the 6ft 2in midfielder from Barcelona in 2019 for a reported fee of £22 million (BBC) after spending 2018/19 on loan at Goodison Park.
In Spain, the midfielder won a La Liga title and the Copa del Rey twice amid 78 appearances.
However, he wasn’t a regular for Barca and confessed in an interview with the Guardian he put too much pressure on himself to perform at the Spanish giants.
If Everton can keep pushing this season, perhaps Gomes might relish a return to Camp Nou next season – but this time in Everton colours?
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