Gomes has not been without his faults.
The 3-1-4-2 system has not always worked brilliantly because, with wing-backs Andy Yiadom and Omar Richards so high up, they have found it difficult to play through the press.
With a limited holding midfielder in Pele as well as three centre-backs – Miazga, Michael Morrison and Liam Moore – there has been a lack of quality on the ball from deep and they can sometimes be caught out for that.
The problem is, nobody other than Pele can anchor a midfield effectively, so by picking three centre-backs, Gomes must compromise arguably the strongest area of his squad and only pick two more advanced midfielders out of three credible options.
John Swift has been Reading’s most creative player this season, Ovie Ejaria is too much of an all-rounder to be dropped and of course, the energetic Andy Rinomhota was a stand-out performer in 2018-19.
The manager has looked for alternatives to 3-1-4-2 and dabbled with 4-3-3, 4-4-2 diamond, 4-4-1-1 and 4-2-3-1 but none for more than one match, so the Royals have been unable to develop another solution to the quandary.