The future of Mousa Dembele at Tottenham Hotspur has long been up for debate. The Belgian is out of contract in the summer and is expected to leave with clubs in the Middle East and China ready to give him one last lucrative payday.
A list of names that have been linked with replacing him has been growing for months. The likes of Tanguy Ndombele, Adrien Rabiot, Frenkie De Jong and Sander Berge have all been mentioned as potential options.
Back in April, however, the name being linked with the role was Barcelona’s outcast midfielder Andre Gomes.
Pochettino was said to be eyeing the Portugal international by the Daily Mail. Gomes had been struggling for first-team football at the Nou Camp.
Tottenham should certainly consider revitalising that interest. In the summer, Everton snapped up Gomes on a season-long loan. Their director of football Marcel Brands admitted at the time that they could not afford a permanent deal, after spending big on the likes of Richarlison, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina.
Gomes has been sensational for Everton so far and is already a firm fan favourite. His similar traits to Dembele include an incredible strength, deceptive evasive ability and a brilliant passing game.
Everton will no doubt be asking the question in the summer but Tottenham should no doubt be ready to hijack any deal. Everton have no buying option in the temporary deal and Tottenham should seriously consider punishing that fact.