Yes, it is true that Sandro Ramirez hasn’t quite been the inspired bargain signing that Everton fans had hoped for when he joined from Malaga for just £5.1 million in the summer, according to The Independent.
The diminutive Spaniard has scored just once for The Toffees so far – and that came in the 5-1 home defeat against Atalanta in the recent Europa League ‘dead rubber’.
And with Sandro struggling to adapt to life in England, speculation had intensified in recent days that the former Barcelona youngster had his heart set on a return to La Liga, where he scored 14 times for Malaga in 2016/17.
Estadio Desporto claim that high flying Valencia wanted to sign Sandro on loan with an option to buy – and he appeared to be open to an early exit from Goodison Park in order to keep his dwindling World Cup hopes alive.
But while Sandro might have struggled under Ronald Koeman before being omitted by David Unsworth, the latest coach in the Goodison dugout may be more willing to give the 22-year-old a little more time.
According to the IB Times, Sandro’s proposed move to Valencia has been put on hold for now as he aims to figure out where he fits into new Everton boss Sam Allardyce’s long-term plans.
The early signs weren’t exactly promising with Sandro omitted from the matchday squad as Allardyce led Everton to a 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town in his first game at the helm last weekend.
But, as with all the players in Everton’s squad, Sandro should have a clean slate under the 63-year-old and it makes sense to take a bit more time to consider his future.