Everton might have shattered their transfer record twice in a summer of unprecedented spending but the £5.1 million addition of Sandro Ramirez, per the Independent, looked like the club’s best piece of business.
The Spanish Under-21 international failed to make the grade at Barcelona but thrived elesehwere in La Liga, scoring 14 goals in a stunning debut season for Malaga and emerging as one of the most in-demand attackers anywhere in Europe.
Imagine the excitement, then, when Everton beat the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur for the 22-year-old in the summer, triggering Sandro’s more than affordable buyout clause.
Two months into the 2017/18 season, however, and Sandro has gone from bargain buy to forgotten man. Everton’s number nine hasn’t started a Premier League game since the humbling 3-0 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in early September – and hasn’t featured in any of David Unsworth’s three games as caretaker manager.
Right man, wrong club?
With the World Cup on the horizon, the La Roja hopeful, who led the line for an immensely talented Spain side who finished runners-up in the Under-21 Euros this summer, finds himself out of favour.
Though if Everton are willing to cash in during the January transfer window for a player who simply does not appear to fit in at Goodison, there should be no shortage of interest despite his slow start to life in England.
Sandro, in fact, feels a much better fit for a Newcastle United side crying out for a little pace and incision in attack. The Independent reported that The Magpies made a late inquiry before Sandro joined Everton and Spanish manager Rafael Benitez will know just how promising the young attacker is.
Newcastle’s lack of quality in attack is a cause for concern with Dwight Gayle and Joselu struggling to make the grade in the Premier League. But Sandro’s clever movement and penalty box poaching could be exactly what Newcastle need.
Time will tell, however, whether Everton’s next manager sees Sandro as part of his plans.