Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin likely to return to Everton this summer after loan moves
Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin are likely to return to Everton after their loan spells away from the club this season, according to the Liverpool ECHO (17 March).
The midfield duo left the club in the summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard, with Gomes joining Ligue 1 club Lille and Gbamin going to Turkey with Trabzonspor.
But despite relatively successful spells out on loan, both are likely to return to Goodison Park for next season and along with Dele Alli could be given a clean slate to restart their Everton careers under Sean Dyche.
“Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes are both likley to return to Finch Farm along with Dele Alli this summer following the completion of their loan moves,” they wrote.
Bearing in mind Gbamin has played more times for Trabzonspor this season than he has for Everton since signing way back in 2019, it’s most certainly time to cut ties with him.
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Gomes was a fan favourite after his loan from Barcelona became a permanent deal, but he never really recovered from his broken leg at Tottenham and at 29 now, it’s probably best that he’s allowed to move on too.
But both deals show just how badly the club have spent money in recent years, proving that it’s not the amount of money but how it’s spent that is the killer for a lot of clubs.
Gbamin cost Everton £25m when he signed from Mainz (BBC Sport) while Gomes cost £22m to make the move permanent after they paid a £2m loan fee initially to the Spanish giants (BBC Sport).
A clean slate is great, but the players have to offer something to the team to be deserving of a chance to stay at the club.
With the likes of Amadou Onana, James Garner, Idrissa Gueye, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Alex Iwobi all likely to be at the club next season and capable of playing in midfield, they’re simply not needed and the club should cash in to get their wages off the books and make a bit of extra money for the transfer window.