The Portuguese, on loan to Lille, was quick to find his feet in the northern workforce, which is challenging Rennes on Sunday.
And Andre Gomez arrived on the final day of the transfer window and quickly made his mark in Lille’s system, to the point where he is now a regular in Lille’s midfield host Rennes on Sunday (5:05pm) during the 14th day of Ligue 1. 1.
On loan for a year without an option to buy from English club Everton, Gomez found time and rhythm at L1. While he has started only twice in the Premier League since February, the Portuguese has started five games in three, the first against Montpellier five days after his arrival. If he hasn’t scored or managed a pass yet, his ability to recover balls and pass them cleanly to the attacking quadruple makes him the benchmark for Lille’s game. “I can be technical, but if I have to go to the coals, I do it for the good of the team. Sometimes you have to be tough on a man, you win the physical battleThe 2016 European champion explained last week at a press conference.
My adaptation is going well, I was well received and I believe in the coach’s philosophy.
A discovery that will not surprise those who have met him this season in Ligue 1 as only Lincois Sales Abdelsamad makes more mistakes in every match. However, this aggressive side is less evident than the rest: tall (1.88m), elegant with the ball at his feet and enjoying a wide range of passes, André Gomes shows himself at a level CV that has seen him pass through Benfica, Valencia and Barcelona before going to the Premier League. Excellent. “My adaptation is going well, I was well received and I believe in the coach’s philosophy. He wants us to play on our own and play great football, allowing us to express ourselves on the pitch.Praise the midfielder.
If he was never coached by Paulo Fonseca, the Lille coach knows his compatriot well and has been called up for selection in 19 times and 29 internationals. The opposite was also true, Gomez was rubbing his shoulders with players who passed the technician’s hands. “I had a lot of information, and when I met him, we talked a lot about his ideas for the game. In training, he was meticulous and gives precise instructions that we understand quicklyThe 29-year-old said. Although five of the team members are older than him, his experience makes him a special item.
Very valuable experience
With five Champions League campaigns and five European Championship appearances he won six years ago, Gomez has solid international experience and can boast playing with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. “I’m here to try to help as best I can using my experience in all possible areas. Lille was a great team before I arrived, but I can pass on my knowledge of youth football and receive it in return‘ he explained with a smile.
Nearly three years after suffering a terrible fracture in his right ankle with a dislocation against Tottenham, Andre Gomes, who was sometimes teased by fans when playing at Barcelona and his future at Everton was banned, appears relieved. “You learn by passing hard exams and injury is my worst memory. I managed to get past her and she is now behind me. There have been ups and downs but that’s part of being a footballer. I had the opportunity to live wonderful moments.»