Everton have hit their first bump in the road in 2020/21.
After flying out of the traps, the Toffees have now lost back-to-back matches – the first time that’s happened since Carlo Ancelotti took the job last December.
Results against Southampton and Newcastle were very disappointing, and Everton now face Manchester United before the next international break.
One man that has been struggling to hit his best level for Everton of late is Andre Gomes.
The Portuguese midfielder has been criticised by supporters on social media recently.
The star has unfortunately been a little sloppy in his play, and also conceded a penalty against Newcastle.
According to WhoScored, his pass completion rate slipped below 80% against the Magpies and Liverpool, and he hasn’t scored over 7/10 all season, despite Everton’s fine start.
The £112,000-a-week star (Spotrac) is currently paling in comparison to the likes of new signings Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan, and some fans appear to be tiring of the 27-year-old, who has had things tough following his horror injury last season.
Everton’s other options in midfield include Fabian Delph and Tom Davies, neither of whom have pulled up trees, but there is one man who could be the ideal replacement.
TBR View – Gbamin return can’t come soon enough
Jean-Philippe Gbamin is working extremely hard to get himself back into the picture at Everton.
The Ivorian midfielder has only made two appearances since his £25 million move from Mainz (BBC Sport), suffering an Achilles injury in training which required surgery.
The Liverpool Echo recently reported that Gbamin will be back at Finch Farm after the international break after spending some time in Paris.
Gbamin was a quality player before his move to Goodison Park, and with Gomes hitting a period of struggle, his return to the picture really can’t come soon enough.