In a Barcelona midfield replete with prowess, André Gomes is the odd man out.
The Blaugrana have a proud tradition of quality midfielders. Names like Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ronaldinho often spring to mind when one thinks of the calibre that has long been associated with the Catalan outfit but it’s clear now that Andre Gomes is not that kind of player. He’s proving to be the antithesis of a proud heritage.
Despite coach Ernesto Valverde’s unwavering faith in the towering Portuguese presence, his performances on the pitch this season have been far from ideal. Primarily used as substitute, he’s produced little of value to Barcelona.
Gomes has failed to score a single goal or create an assist for the Blaugrana in 530 minutes of playing time this season. This inability to produce for Barça is proof that he’s not at the level required to be a first team regular, he’s like a star in a big city night, his shine just isn’t quite bright enough.
Not only has Gomes failed to make his mark on the pitch, he now has even more competition for a midfield spot that many feel he has little to no claim to at all.
The addition of Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho, the unexpected rise of Paulinho and the recent form of Sergi Roberto as a midfield option means he is now-more than ever-a wage that Barcelona can’t afford.
Gomes is currently contracted until 2021 and for a player that’s hovered on the fringes of the first team this season, his £80,000 a week just isn’t viable.
The recent spending spree to obtain Ousmane Dembélé and Philippe Coutinho means that Barcelona, at least from a business perspective, need to try and recoup some of that outlay. The departures of Arda Turan and Javier Mascherano will go a fair way to doing just that but Gomes’ salary is without doubt one that Barcelona could do without.
Still, there are many who feel he’s entitled to further opportunity to prove his worth to the club. At what cost though? It would wasteful to see another midfielder sitting on the bench or a Barcelona B hopeful being delayed their opportunity to give Gomes a further chance. It just doesn’t make sense.
No, André Gomes has been given enough opportunity to prove he’s up to the challenge of becoming a Barcelona player and he’s failed to do so. It’s time the club moved on and made it known that he’s now available for transfer.