Michel comments on Sandro at Everton

Sandro Ramirez of Everton goes down holding his leg during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on August 27, 2017 in London, England.

Is Everton's Sandro heading out the door in January?

Sandro Ramirez of Everton during a pre-season friendly match between Everton and Sevilla at Goodison Park on August 6, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Malaga coach Michel has claimed in a press conference via Football Espana that Everton attacker Sandro wants to rejoin the Spanish side in January.

The Barcelona academy graduate has struggled in a major way since sealing a £5.2 million move (The Times) to the Toffees in the summer.

The 22-year-old arrived with a promising future but fast forward five months and Sandro hasn't started a Premier League for Everton since early September.

Everton's Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez (L) clashes with Atalanta's Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha (R) resulting in his injury during the UEFA Europa League Group E football match...

His first-team prospects don't look much brighter under Sam Allardyce, who has given him just one minute of top-flight football since replacing Ronald Koeman last month.

And Michel says that he is "hopeful" of re-signing the Spaniard, who 14 netted Primera Division goals in 30 games last season.

“I’m hopeful,” he said in a press conference, as quoted by Football Espana. “Players play where they want, and I think Sandro wants to come and play for Malaga again.

Sandro Ramirez of Everton in action during the UEFA Europa League Third Qualifying Round, First Leg match between Everton and MFK Ruzomberok at Goodison Park on July 27, 2017 in Liverpool,...

“From there, everything is subjective and depends on certain situations and negotiations.”

Several of Everton's pre-season recruits have struggled and it's a damning indictment for Director of Football Steve Walsh, who splashed some £150 million on talent.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, who represents the bulk of that outlay, has been steadily improving under Allardyce following a terrible start, but the likes of Cuco Martina and Davy Klaassen have struggled.

It wouldn't be at all surprising to see Sandro quit next month.

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