Since arriving at the Camp Nou, Andre Gomes has been subjected to a serious amount of criticism and now after two at Barcelona, Gomes has opened up on his experience.
Ever since club management approved the signing of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez, the midfield has been overcrowded. Before it was just Rafinha Alcantara, Arda Turan and Sergio Roberto who were backing up the starting midfield trio of Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Iniesta.
Denis Suarez has performed well whenever he was given a chance to by the manager, but that was not the case with Andre Gomes. Gomes, 24, has failed to sparkle for Barca and has been linked with a move away for the most part of the year.
Gomes has flopped at Barcelona and now the 24-year-old midfielder has accepted that he is no longer enjoying football following a wave of criticism and the tremendous amount of pressure. In an interview with Spanish publications Paneka, Gomes said: “I don’t feel well on the field, I am not enjoying the thing I like to do.”
“The first six months were pretty good but then things changed. Maybe it’s not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell because I started to feel more pressure. With pressure, I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”
Speaking about the pressure which follows him from the field and into training, he said: “In the sessions, I am calm. I feel comfortable with my teammates. Obviously, there are days that I feel a little low on confidence, and in training it is noticeable. Maybe I played the day before and I still have the image of the game in my head, and that doesn’t let me move forward.”
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Following his failure to replicate the form he showed at Valencia, Gomes has become the subject of the daily dose of criticism from fans and media. Gomes added: “On more than one occasion, I didn’t want to leave my house. Because people look at you, having the fear of going on the street out of shame.”
“My friends tell me I am going with the handbrake on. I close myself off. I don’t take the frustration I have out. Then I don’t talk to anybody, I don’t bother anyone. It is like I feel ashamed. Thinking too much has hurt me. I think about the bad things and what I have to do. Although my team-mates help me a lot, the things don’t work out the way they want them to work out.”
Gomes is now being linked with a move away from Camp Nou after struggling for game time at the club. Jose Mourinho was already keen to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford last summer, according to reports in Spanish outlet Don Balon. While Tottenham and West Ham are also reported to have made inquiries for the Portuguese in the last twelve months.
It also looks like it is the right time for the Catalans to cash in on him in order to regain some of their expenditure on him. The inflated prices in the transfer market will also help Barcelona in this regard especially because many clubs are before him.
Which Club Suits Him Better?
Andre Gomes would be a great fit at Tottenham Hotspur. He will easily fit into their style of play. Tottenham Boss Mauricio Pochettino likes to press the opposition intensely but in various stages. Spurs also choose between different styles depending on the strength and weaknesses of the opposition.
Mauricio Pochettino can try and mold Andre Gomes into a deep-lying playmaker so that he could act as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele and Harry Winks. Gomes will be back in action when Barcelona hosts Chelsea on Thursday with hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of Champions League.
Gomes had that spark in himself which caught the attention of big teams. One of the major reasons behind him not performing well is his confidence. His confidence since his arrival at Barcelona has been critically low.
Valverde is restoring his confidence by giving him minutes in big games. From a fans perspective, his time at Barcelona hasn’t been promising. He can prove himself at any other club if given a chance to do so.