- Nov 26, 2017
Fabregas is not physically strong neither, nor Modric, but there is something about EPL that players need to adapt to it, even for a 1.9m CB. There is no way Gomes will be ready for EPL, if Chelsea is offering him 1st team football then good luck. The best approach for Gomes is to play regular football whether at Championship or European clubs, preferably on loan, and see whether he can develop into a Nasri or Ox. If he doesn't want that then so be it.Kagawa was taller but simultaneously more lightweight than Scholes. Height is not the only determining factor for physicality, though it can be a severely limiting one.
Gomes would need to become freakishly strong to be able to compensate for his lack of stature (and that's far from a given).
The mentions of Maradonna are way off the mark, imo. His chest had the circumference of a great redwood, and his legs were as beefy as an Olympic cyclist's. Ole has thrown Gomes' contemporaries into the first XI loads of times in the last 18 months. The fact Gomes hasn't been trusted as much indicates one (or both) of two things: his talent isn't up to scratch or his athleticism isn't good enough.