Andre Gomes is “far from convincing” on loan at Lille and the French side are unlikely to make his move from Everton permanent, says Jeunes Footeux.
The Portuguese midfielder is way down the pecking order at Goodison, especially after the summer arrivals of Amadou Onana, Idrissa Gueye and James Garner.
He secured a late temporary move to Ligue 1 after not featuring at all in any of the Toffees’ opening games, and has since made four appearances, although he has only once played the full 90 minutes.
Everton could do with the money if a sale can be negotiated, as well as moving his considerable wages of the books, but that is apparently not likely.
The report on Fridayreport on Friday (7 October) says that it would be “surprising” if Lille were to make the deal permanent, and are instead exploring other avenues, including Ellyes Skhiri who is out of contract at Cologne in the summer.
It is unfortunate for Gomes to be lumped in with the long list of expensive failed transfers over recent years at Goodison, since his form has never truly recovered from the dreadful injury he suffered back in November 2019 against Tottenham.
But with just under two years left on a contract at the club that is believed pay him over £100,000-a-week [Football Insider] he looks like he could become an expensive asset that the Toffees get little return on over that time.
If he finds some form over the remainder of the season in France that may still change, but if his influence at Lille is following the same pattern as it did at Everton over the last couple of years then the chances aren’t great.
The club have done what they can to find takers for a number of players who no longer feature in Frank Lampard’s plans, with Allan sold and the likes of Dele Alli and Jean-Philippe Gbmain also out on loan.
Salomon Rondon also looked to be following the Brazilian midfielder to the UAE until he turned down a move, so it looks like there could be a few holdovers from previous regimes for a while yet.
The manager is building a side that looks like it is going places, and there doesn’t look to be room for some of the odd men out any more, including Gomes.