By Elliott Cuff

25th May, 2021 | 8:14pm

View: Everton should consider Gomes sale if right offer is made

Despite Everton failing to qualify for Europe in Carlo Ancelotti’s first full season as manager, the Italian has overseen clear progression on Merseyside.

The Toffees have seen their squad suffer through illness, injury and loss of form, though they were still able to achieve a higher points tally than in five of their last six seasons.

Regardless Ancelotti and Farhad Moshiri won’t be pleased with having finished tenth in the Premier League, with the Blues set to strengthen in the transfer window.

Ancelotti and Marcel Brands must manage outgoings as well as incomings as they look to trim their squad of deadwood, and a number of first-team players could find themselves on the way out.

Josh King, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic will leave the club when their contracts expire while Fabian Delph, Bernard and Moise Kean all have doubts over their long-term futures.

Should they receive any notable interest in midfielder Andre Gomes it has to be worth considering his exit too.

The former Barcelona man was an instant hit during his loan spell at Goodison Park and after he signed permanently he continued to impress for the Blues.

However after suffering a traumatic leg break courtesy of Tottenham forward Heung-min Son in late 2019 the Portugal international has never been the same.

Gomes appears to have lost a step in midfield, despite not being known for his pace and energy prior to his injury, while his ability to dictate play has dwindled.

The 27-year old hasn’t been able to nail down a consistent starting spot under Ancelotti and his inconsistent performances haven’t endeared him to the former Napoli coach.

Gomes is far from being a key problem that Everton must resolve however it is hard to deny that Gomes is largely ineffectual, and the club currently possess too many players who rarely ever leave a stamp on the game.

Though it would be hasty to suggest that Everton seek out an exit for Gomes this summer, it might be in the club’s best interest for them to consider selling him before he loses sell-on value, should they receive interest in his services.

In other Everton news, a pundit has backed the Blues to sign this “incredible” nine-goal attacker.

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