As we all know, Everton have been big news in the transfer market this summer. The Toffees have no doubt shown great ambition this summer by spending big money.
The likes of Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane and Davy Klaassen have arrived on Merseyside for big fees this summer.
However, it is the Spaniard who arrived for the modest fee of £5.2million, Sandro Ramirez who could prove the best summer signing.
The 22-year-old made his competitive debut as a second half substitute in the Toffees 1-0 victory over Ruzomberok in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday night. The youngster produced a lively display that contained glimpses of what the Spaniard will bring to the team.
The Toffees are now odds of 20/1 to win the Europa League this season, the third favourites behind Arsenal and AC Milan to win Europe’s secondary competition.
A bargain buy
Sandro is a young player with major potential there is no doubt about it. Malaga signed him last summer on a free, but the striker’s release clause of £5.2million was always dangerous considering his pedigree.
The striker came through Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy and by some accounts, the Catalan giants were not too pleased to lose Sandro, especially on a free transfer.
Although he struggled for first team action at the Nou Camp, he was still considered a player with a bright future in the game. The striker was not willing to rest on his laurels and sit on the bench in Catalonia, though.
He took a chance of joining Malaga to play first team football. The gamble paid off, as he scored 16 goals in all competitions in an average team. His performances were always going to attract interest from elsewhere.
Malaga will regret allowing the relatively small release clause in the forward’s contract. However, he may not have signed for the Andalusian club without the clause. They were always a stepping-stone to a bigger club.
There was no lack of interest in the striker’s services, with both Atletico and Real Madrid interested in signing the forward. However, Atletico’s transfer ban ruled Los Rojiblancos out from making a move, while Real’s reported interest never materialised.
Will add pace to the Everton team
Sandro has enjoyed a good year. He starred for Malaga last season in La Liga and helped Spain’s under-21 team reach the final of the European Championships. Sandro capped his year by joining an upwardly mobile Premier League club.
The forward has many strengths, directness, tenacity and work-rate being amongst his qualities. However, his pace could prove to be his most vital asset to Everton.
The attacking players that the Toffees brought in this summer Davy Klaassen and of course Wayne Rooney have good attributes, but pace is not amongst them.
Along with Kevin Mirallas and Yannick Bolasie, when fit, Sandro provides the sort of pace that scares Premier League defences. He showed on a couple of occasions on his debut flashes of his qualities.
The versatile forward started the game on the bench after his participation in the aforementioned European Championships. No doubt, there is much more to come from the exciting young former Barcelona star.
Can be a success in England
Some young foreign players can struggle to adapt to life in the Premier League. At 22, Sandro seems to have the attributes to make it in the English top-flight. Everton’s director of football Steve Walsh has a knack for finding diamonds in the rough.
However, signing Sandro was a no-brainer. It did not take a seasoned football professional to spot potentially one of the bargains of the summer.
Walsh is shrewd, though. The experienced former Leicester chief scout does not just sign players on their sheer ability. He also does his homework on their character and personality.
From the outside looking in, Sandro looks like a highly determined young player who is desperate to prove himself and develop into a top player. The early signs are good and it would be very surprising if he failed to shine in the Premier League in the coming season.
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