Enrique encouraged as Gomes goal mutes jeers

( China Daily ) Updated: 2017-03-21 06:56:04

BARCELONA - Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said midfielder Andre Gomes will become a pillar of the Catalans' midfield after silencing his critics with his first goal for the club in a 4-2 win over Valencia on Sunday.

Enrique has been criticized for keeping faith with Gomes despite the 23-year-old's underwhelming performances since moving from Valencia last July for a fee that could rise to $59 million.

"Andre Gomes will be a very valuable player for Barca in the future, you will see," said Enrique, who is stepping down as coach at the end of the season.

Enrique encouraged as Gomes goal mutes jeers

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