Danny Mills has tipped Everton midfielder Andre Gomes to bounce back after his “shocker” against Aston Villa last week.
The former Manchester City and England defender, speaking in an exclusive interview with Football Insider, says that the Portuguese international was a long way off his usual high standards at Villa Park and that it was a match where nothing seemed to go right for him.
Villa sealed their first win of the season courtesy of goals from Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi, the first that Everton have conceded all season.
Mills did not hold back from highlighting how poor Gomes was in the Toffees’ defeat but insisted he is a player who has the ability to come back quickly.
Mills told Football Insider: “Gomes had a bit of a shocker, didn’t he? It didn’t work out for him but he’s a very good player.
“It was one of those days, we’ve all had them, some more than most – I’ve had quite a few of those. Whatever happens, it doesn’t happen, however hard you try, things go wrong.
“He was misplacing passes, putting the ball out of play – it was so unlike him. I’m sure he’ll put that out of his mind and he’ll bounce back because he’s a quality player.”
Gomes, who turned his loan move from Barcelona permanent over the summer, emerged as one of Everton’s best players last season, playing 29 times across all competitions for the Toffees.
This season has seen him start all three of the club’s Premier League games, finding himself forced off at half-time on the opening day through injury.