It’s fair to say that things are going rather well at Everton at the minute, with the Blues top of the Premier League and the only unbeaten side left in England.
That could change at any point, of course, but for now, things are going well, and Carlo Ancelotti appears to be leading a quiet revolution at Goodison Park.
Key to that has been getting the best out of what he inherited from Marco Silva, with players such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Lucas Digne and Michael Keane, to name just three, all showing significant improvement.
Another to add to that list is Andre Gomes, who, after his horror injury last season, appears to be finding his best form once again.
That is certainly the argument from Mundo Deportivo’s Lluís Canut, who singles the Everton man out for praise today.
In a piece titled ‘Andre Gomes, key to Everton’ he describes the Portuguese midfielder as one of the ‘main stars’ in the Toffees fine start to the season.
According to Canut, Gomes running is a ‘reference point’ for Everton’s style of play under Ancelotti with Gomes now ‘release from the pressure’ and ‘fear’ he felt at Barcelona.
He says that Gomes has rediscovered his form for Everton and is again the footballer who ‘dazzled’ for Valencia in the past.
Gomes is not the only who gets praise, with Lucas Digne also one who ‘stands out’ according to Canut, who points to the fact the left-back is now first-choice for France as a testament to his performances.
Whether Everton fans would quite agree is debatable. They’d certainly back the assessment of Digne, but there’s may who think that Gomes can and should be doing more.
Still, in a week that’s been filled with nothing but criticism for Everton players, this at least makes a nice change of pace.