February 25, 2024

Danny Mills was blown away by an “absolutely magnificent” moment from Everton midfielder Andre Gomes during the Toffees FA Cup third-round win over Crystal Palace.

The Toffees booked their place in the fourth round with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday (17 January) thanks to a moment of magic from the Portuguese international in the first half.

Gomes curled in a remarkable free-kick that left Sam Johnstone scrambling between the posts and blew Sky Sports pundit Mills away as he heaped praise on the 30-year-old for his “great” strike.

Speaking on talkSPORT (17 January, 20:27) he said: “Absolutely magnificent free-kick. I think most of us thought it might be Harrison with his left foot but no. They went the other way, he goes over the wall, kisses the inside of the post, goalkeeper absolutely no chance.

“Do you know what I like about it, he doesn’t go for too much power. He makes sure he hits the target. That’s the most important thing. If you get it over the wall and it’s on target, the goalkeeper is always going to struggle and that’s exactly what happened.

“Great free-kick.”

Moments of magic

That single strike perhaps summed up what has made Gomes so frustrating during his time at Goodison Park. The Portuguese midfielder is capable of such moments of magic but isn’t able to produce them often enough to be a consistent force in Sean Dyche’s side.

His free-kick on Wednesday would have left almost every keeper in the Premier League with no chance of stopping it as it curled wonderfully off of the post and into the Palace net. At his best, Gomes can be such a special player.

 

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Unfortunately, such moments only seem to come around once in a blue moon and are normally surrounded by periods of injury, lack of fitness or indifferent displays. But does it matter when he can hit a ball like that?

It will be interesting to see what happens to Gomes between now and the end of the season. His contract is up at Goodison Park at the end of the campaign and his wages are known to be high. If he keeps scoring goals like that, he could play his way into a new deal, however.

 

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