Andre Gomes insists Everton are determined to build on the momentum created by a strong finish to the 2018-19 season, declaring the team is “committed to improving”.
The Portugal international last week completed a £22million transfer from Barcelona, signing a five-year contract with the Blues until 2024.
The 25-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Goodison Park last term, playing 27 Premier League matches and regularly impressing with his cultured, authoritative midfield displays.
Gomes says the squad will approach the new campaign brimming with confidence, having accumulated 21 points from their final 11 Premier League matches of 2018-19. This run of results included conclusive victories over top-six sides Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.
Gomes is convinced the Blues can further raise their performance levels when the new Premier League season gets under way. Everton begin the campaign with an away clash at Crystal Palace on Saturday 10 August.
“Last season we finished really well, the last two or three months,” he told evertontv.
“Obviously, we had some not so good moments during Christmas and New Year, but we finished really well so we want to come back, get fit and improve that style and way we played in the final months of the season.
“I think everybody is committed to do that.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world. You don't have time off, you have to be 100 per cent every game otherwise you will probably draw or lose a game.
“We want that type of challenge.”
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Gomes made his Everton debut in a 2-0 home victory over Palace in October 2018, making an instant impression with his progressive passing, graceful movement and competitive spirit.
The former Benfica and Valencia player’s classy displays saw him quickly establish himself as a fans’ favourite.
This status was strengthened significantly by the warmth he has shown Evertonians off the pitch, notably in his enthusiastic work for the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community (EitC).
Gomes memorably took part in a hug-a-thon to raise money for EitC’s ground-breaking People’s Place campaign, which aims to build a dedicated mental health facility in the shadows of the Goodison Park.
Gomes explained how the strong connection he forged with supporters was key to his swift acclimatisation to life at Everton, helping him to produce confident, assured performances on matchdays.
And after a fine debut campaign with the Blues, the Portuguese set out his resolve to hit even greater heights in 2019-20.
“I think one of the most important things [in having a strong first season at Everton] was with the fans, with my teammates, with the staff, with the Club - it's the way you feel connected with everybody,” Gomes added.
“I think that is really, really important for you to adapt in different circumstances. I was really happy, it was a very good year and I hope to have a better year next season.
“I can promise I will give my best and be the best professional I can be. I'll try to help the team to reach our goals and I want to get better and improve.”