Danny Mills has been left raving over the impact of Everton midfielder Andre Gomes as he looks to step up his comeback from injury this week.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and Manchester City defender says that the Portuguese international can go under the radar at Goodison Park and that fans only realise what he brings to the team when he is not there.
Gomes began the season as one of Marco Silva’s first-choice midfielders, starting the first four games, before injury forced him to the sidelines.
Having returned for six minutes against Burnley after a three-game absence from the side, Mills says that he has been a big miss and that many do not realise how big an influence he is until he is out the team.
Mills told Football Insider: “He’s one of those players you don’t always notice until he’s not there. A lot of people go: ‘Yeah, he’s alright, he does this, does that, but what does he really do?’ Then he goes missing and they go: ‘Oh yeah, that’s what he does.’
“He doesn’t have those outstanding performances where he’s bossing it and driving through the midfield, scoring and shooting and all those types of things.
“He has been a big miss. It’s no excuse, Everton have got strength in depth and some quality and they should have coped better without him, but if they can get him back fit and firing that’s a massive plus.”
Gomes signed permanently for Everton from Barcelona this summer, initially joining on a loan deal back in the summer of 2018.
He has played a total of 34 times for the Toffees since moving to England, scoring one goal and contributing a further two assists in attack.