By Michael Brown

10th Jul, 2020 | 7:31pm

Exclusive: Pundit rips into Everton 26-yr-old who's miles off the pace

Michael Brown has torn into Everton midfielder Andre Gomes for his performance against Southampton on Thursday.

The former Premier League midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, claims the 26-year-old “couldn’t keep up” with the Saints during the 1-1 draw.

Gomes managed to last 42 minutes before being substituted by Carlo Ancelotti, with Gylfi Sigurdsson coming on to replace the Portugal international.

A Richarlison equaliser ensured that the points were shared after Danny Ings netted the opener, while Saints star James Ward-Prowse also missed a penalty.

Brown insists that Southampton were much more impressive than Everton and claims that Gomes struggled to keep up with the pace of Ralph Hasenuttl’s men.

Brown told Football Insider: “I thought Southampton were better than them, I think Ancelotti will tell you the same thing. 

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“I thought they couldn’t deal with the rotation of Southampton, going narrow with the wide players – Armstrong especially, on the other side Redmond – and they got in some great positions.

“Gomes, who went off early, couldn’t keep up with them really, they brought Sigurdsson on and changed it and that tells you how much they weren’t in the game. 

“The set-up’s hard when you’re going as flat two to try and get pressure on with the way the shape started, so they couldn’t get the pressure on early, the full-backs went high, made the overload and they controlled the possession.

“It’s hard, when you’ve set up as a two, who drops off, who goes back.”

Gomes has played 17 times across all competitions this season and has made seven consecutive starts for Ancelotti.

He was partnered alongside Tom Davies in the middle against Southampton, with Anthony Gordon and Alex Iwobi offering support from the wings.

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