The 25-year-old played under Neville during the Englishman’s brief spell as Valencia manager in 2016, before signing for Barcelona in a deal worth as much as €55 million in the summer of that year.
Gomes’s time at the Nou Camp wasn’t far off a disaster, and he was sent out on-loan to Goodison Park last summer, where he’s continued to rebuild his reputation with a string of impressive displays.
And speaking on last night’s edition of Monday Night Football, where Gomes and Everton drew 2-2 with Watford, Neville gave an insight to the player’s workaholic attitude, saying via London.Football: “Andre Gomes is somebody, he was obviously at Valencia, I was so impressed with him, his attitude. I don’t know if I’ve ever told the story, we lost to Barcelona 7-0.
“Carra will probably have told it a few times. This kid was out on the pitch on his own running the next morning at nine o’clock.
“I went out and saw him and said ‘look get yourself in you’re not going to correct what happened last night today,’ but that was the attitude of him.
“He can beat a man from midfield, I think that Everton’s biggest problem is that he’s highlighting his quality in Everton’s midfield and they’re going to need to try and snap him up, I know they’re trying to snap him up now because if you’re Chelsea, if you’re Manchester United, if you’re Tottenham you want him in your team.
“I thought that he was good enough to play at those clubs when I was over in Spain.
“All he needs is a run of games, didn’t qutie work out for him at Barcelona but you’re talking the likes of Iniesta and Rakitic and players like that so it’s difficult for him at Barcelona but he does have a massive chance of being a big player in the Premier League at Everton or elsewhere.”