It says a lot about the mess that Everton have become that Sandro Ramirez is already making it clear that he has no desire to ever return to Goodison Park.
The 22-year-old returned to La Liga with Sevilla on loan until the end of the season last month and, in quotes reported by Fichajes, admitted "I've been here two weeks and I want to continue next season at Sevilla.”
Sandro arrived on Merseyside amid big expectations in the summer once Everton had triggered the £5.25 million release clause in his contract, as reported by Sky Sports. The Spanish under-21 ace had netted 14 La Liga goals for Malaga in 2016/17 and appeared to be the instinctive finisher required to compensate for the loss of Romelu Lukaku.
But in six months at Everton, Sandro managed just eight Premier League appearances, and no goals, under three different managers. He did not make a single start under current incumbent Sam Allardyce.
And it speaks volumes about the disillusion on the Goodison Park terraces that Everton fans do not blame Sandro for wanting to escape for good.
The supporters have had to watch their team stutter and stumble through a season that had promised so much with a number of their summer signings, Sandro, Davy Klaassen and Nikola Vlasic in particular, rapidly fading into the background with evidence of any long-term plan all but disappeared.
Why would he want to stay? Didn’t really get a chance at us. Koeman tried to play him through bad form to let him find his feet and then Unsy & Allardyce just never picked him. The lad needed time and patience. Chance to go back home, why wouldn’t he take it?!....— Aidy Dews (@AidyDews) February 16, 2018
I do not blame Sandro at all. He is back in Spain playing the type of football he knows and I hope he proves to be the player we hoped he should have been at Everton. Good luck to the young man.— Roger Williams (@RogerWi33581994) February 16, 2018
Can’t blame him, we’ve totally embarrassed ourselves over Sandro and klaasen and the Tosun signing looks to be heading the same way— Uisge Beatha (@wolfsong73) February 16, 2018
Just hope it doesn’t impact on future signings
Whatever you think of Sandro Ramirez's form during his six months at Everton, it's worrying that he is so intent to continue with Sevilla after just two weeks there. Especially when you see how desperate Lookman appeared to want out too. #EFC— Ell Bretland (@EllBretland) February 15, 2018
Absolutely no surprise at all he's a young lad in a new country and he's been pretty much ignored by 3 managers why would he want to com back to our basket case of a club - they're playing Man Utd in the Champions League next week!— Jason Melling (@jrm0071) February 16, 2018
Looks like the days of 'once Everton has touched you' have long gone. Makes you wonder whether that bond between club/players/fans has disappeared forever. Sad if it has because imo it's the bond that creates the passion.— PetaPiper (@PiperPeta) February 16, 2018
Don't blame him— Matt Vicary (@Vicaz22) February 16, 2018