Everton are in something of a rut right now after a promising first few games of the season.
The Toffees were beaten 1-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor at the weekend, meaning they have now lost their last four in a row in the Premier League.
The pressure is mouting on manager Marco Silva, who needs a quick turnaround after the international break.
Everton’s issues with defending set pieces have been well documented, but they have once again been rather toothless in attack – as evidenced by just six league goals in eight games so far.
The form of Gylfi Sigurdsson has been particularly disappointing, with the Iceland international having contributed just one goal in the Carabao Cup up to now.
He hasn’t laid on any assists, and he has thus far shown a lack of a creative spark in the number 10 role.
Perhaps Silva ought to consider mixing things up after the international break, and there’s one man who could be worth considering.
Andre Gomes made a six-minute cameo appearance against Burnley having returned to the squad after injury, and Silva should definitely consider him as a replacement for the underperforming Sigurdsson.
So far in his Everton career, Gomes – bought permanently for £22 million this summer (BBC Sport) – has operated largely as a deep-lying playmaker, but he certainly has the qualities to be of use higher up the pitch.
The Portuguese midfielder has superb vision and has the quality to break the lines with his passing.
He may not possess the same shooting ability as £100,000-a-week ace Sigurdsson (Spotrac), but he could be worth the gamble by Silva, with the more defensive-minded Fabian Delph and Morgan Schneiderlin/Jean-Philippe Gbamin in behind.