Despite the continuing uncertainty surrounding potential signings in this transfer window, one piece of good news for Everton is the unexpectedly early return to training of midfielder Andre Gomes.
In the immediate aftermath, it was feared that the Toffees had lost their influential Portuguese player for the rest of the season and possibly even some of the next one too.
Certainly Gomes’ injury looked long-term at the time, and it seemed just the latest and potentially most damaging, in a succession of injury problems and general bad luck that was plaguing the Blues campaign.
So the Portuguese player was now out along with the Toffees other summer midfield signing, Jean-Philippe Gbamin, who got hurt just a few weeks into his embryonic Everton career.
It was a pretty depressing situation on top of all the other problems the team was having on the pitch under Marco Silva’s leadership.
But now it looks as though Gomes might be able to return to action before the end of this current season, something that looked extremely unlikely even a few weeks ago.
Gomes possible return in a few weeks or months will not only be a great boost to manager Carlo Ancelotti’s options in team selection, but will also surely improve the morale of the side generally.
In addition it seems as though Gbamin is also nearing fitness again after his serious leg injury. Although it’s not certain where exactly he is in his rehab or when he will be able to play again.
Having Gomes and Gbamin return in the near future, would mean that if Everton can’t sign another central midfielder in this transfer window, then it might not be so much of problem.
Talking of possible or rumoured signings, today the Toffees are being linked with yet another new name, the Sampdoria midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.
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The Sampdoria player is a young 22-year-old who the Serie A club are supposedly prepared to sell in this window for a fee of around £14 million.
Once again I have no idea if there is anything at all in this latest rumour.
Vieira doesn’t seem a particularity good bet based on a statistical analysis but then again stats aren’t everything and its possible he might be an effective player if he were to join the Blues.
I am getting a bit tired to say the least with all these constantly changing stories, none of which seem to have any really solid foundation.
The question is are Everton going to make any genuine move for reinforcements or not? We need to see some evidence to help us answer question.