Going into the game with the Foxes, it would seem that Carlo Ancelotti has a selection dilemma in midfield with Allan still out of action and Abdoulaye Doucoure suspended after picking up five yellow cards.
That leaves Everton’s Italian manager with Gomes, Tom Davies, Fabian Delph, Beni Baningime, James Rodriguez and Gylfi Sigurdsson as options to choose from through the middle of the pitch (per Transfermarkt).
In the latest episode of the Liverpool Echo’s Royal Blue: The Everton FC Podcast, Prentice discussed the midfield and aired some criticism of Gomes.
When discussing if a player from another position should drop into midfield, he said: “I don’t like square pegs in round holes. I’d like to see players who play a particular position continuing with that.
“Having said that, I totally get why Gomes would concern you.
“I mean, even [against Sheffield Wednesday], there were a couple of moments where he looked a little bit reckless in his challenges around the penalty box.
“You just always think there’s a dangerous free-kick or a penalty likely to come from some of his challenges.
“Having said that, how well did he create that opening goal? [It was] a wonderful bit of skill and a great cross.”
TIF Thoughts on what David Prentice said about Andre Gomes…
As can be seen in what the journalist had to say, he believes that the £18m-rated middleman can be “reckless” defensively, which is a “concern”, however, he is capable of “wonderful” skill.
Do you agree that Andre Gomes can be 'reckless' at times?
No, he's not that bad
Yes, he needs to improve
Certainly, it is clear to see in the midfielder’s statistics that he can be somewhat of a liability in defence as he has given the second-most fouls away per league game in the squad (1.6) (per WhoScored).
So, those figures make it abundantly clear why the 27-year-old midfielder would be a “concern” regarding his defensive duties in midfield despite clearly showing glimpses of quality, as Prentice notes.