Andre Gomes

Everton are reportedly trying to bring Andre Gomes to the Premier League and end his La Liga nightmare at Barcelona.

Andre Gomes

Andre Gomes’s Barcelona career reached its nadir in the 1-0 win against Atletico Madrid back in March.

The Portuguese midfielder was introduced to a chorus of boos from the home support when he replaced the injured Andres Iniesta ten minutes before the break. Yes, Gomes was cheered wildly by some supporters clad in blue and red, but this was more a desperate attempt to cover up the jeers from Gomes’s many critics.

“It has become a hell. I cannot shake negative moments out of my head and it impacts on my performances and I am thinking too much,” Gomes told Panenka a week later.

Andre Gomes

“It leads me to feel ashamed and sometimes I feel that I cannot leave the house due to the shame and due to people looking at me.”

Everton, then, would be taking a major risk if they offered Gomes an escape from his Camp Nou nightmare this summer. AS Sport reported last week that the Toffees have suddenly entered the race for the former Valencia man and are willing to pay £23 million for his services.

But Everton would be signing a player whose confidence has been crushed in two disappointing years at the Camp Nou, in which every little mistake has been over-analysed.

Andre Gomes

And then you consider that Everton are not exactly short of central midfielders who like the ball to feet and wonder whether this is even a risk worth taking.

Gomes showed at Valencia that he is a player with huge promise, a Yaya Toure-esque driving force at times. But that bulldozing style has not been seen for two years.

And, with Everton under pressure to ace the transfer market after two summers of overpriced flops, Gomes is maybe one man they should stay clear of.

Adrien Silva

He may have been born in France and his earliest memory of the World Cup is watching the country of his birth lift the trophy, and the celebrations that followed, but Leicester City’s Adrien Silva says playing for Portugal is his greatest achievement as a player.

The 29-year-old, who joined City last summer, was born in Angouleme in France to a Portuguese father and French mother, and began his playing career aged ten in Bordeaux before his father moved the family back to Portugal for his work.

Silva came through the ranks at Sporting Lisbon and chose to play for Portugal, and he says he has never regretted his choice.

Silva has gone on to become a European Champion with Portugal and is now part of the squad pursuing glory again in Russia next month.

“I feel like I am part of the country,” Silva told LCFC TV.

“My wife is Portuguese and I feel like I am real Portuguese. It’s very special to represent your country and it is the best achievement as a football player.

Leicester City midfielder Adrien Silva battles for possession with Spurs' Lucas Moura

“I think my first World Cup memory was in 1998. I was living in France at the time. It was special because France won that year. For me, it was a good celebration.

“There have been some great World Cup goals, a lot of goals. Figo scored a lot of goals, special goals. Always at the right time, that is what makes the beauty of the goals. Not only the way but also the timing.”

Portugal kick-off their World Cup against Iberian neighbours Spain before taking on Morocco and Iran, and once again they will look to inspiration from their captain Cristiano Ronaldo.

“I remember all the games against Spain were very tough and spectacular,” said Silva.

“The group is not only Spain and we have to focus on all of them because this level you don’t have easy games. You have to prepare well to get in good shape.

“When you say leader, all the words you can say Ronaldo has. He has the ability and the capacity on and off the pitch to be a real captain. That is very important for our team.”