From Barcelona's failure to knock down Ancelotti's door

Three years after leaving Barça, André Gomes has found his best version at Everton and is already claiming his starting place in the Italian coach's eleven.


Since he left Valencia for Barcelona, André Gomes has not been the same again. Neither the head nor the injuries have respected him, and, despite having a privileged right hand, it seemed that the player would not be able to enjoy playing football again. This year, a year in which the football of James, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin has illuminated Everton's path in the Premier, the Portuguese seems to have found himself again. Perhaps not with his best version, but with a stability that has already allowed him to claim a place in the starting XI of Ancelotti.

Not in vain, the former culé player has already played more games than the previous year, one of those black years in which the player lost 21 games due to injury. However, this season he has barely been left out due to physical discomfort on 2 occasions, and, without curdling a year as brilliant as that of the true stars of the team -that is, the most Sigurdsson offensive trident-, he has managed to find his role until the point that Ancelotti is giving him ownership at the moment when the team's chances are dictated.

Right now, Everton, who have one game less than the six rivals ahead in the standings, are only 2 points away from sneaking into the positions that give access to next year's Champions League. It will be played, in fact, this week against West Brom, circumstance by which Ancelotti booked a James played yesterday against Southampton. If André Gomes repeats in the starting eleven as he has already happened in 5 of the last 6 league games, the Portuguese will have definitely found his hole and, finally, the long-awaited stability.

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