Everton parted with big money in the summer, with most of their £150m outlay spent on the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane. However, there was plenty of excitement over the signing of young Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez. He was expected to be a useful addition to their attack, with the team needing to cope with both domestic and European demands.
Unfortunately, the 22-year-old has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside and The Daily Mail are reporting that he is set to make a move to Valencia in January. It is thought that the Spanish side are keen on an initial loan deal, with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer.
Sandro started several games in the early weeks of the season, but, although he showed flashes of his potential, he couldn’t find the net. He has only played 22 minutes of Premier League football since Everton’s 4-0 defeat against Manchester United in mid-September, and his solitary strike for the club came in a miserable 5-1 Europa League defeat to Atalanta.
The Spaniard was in excellent form for Malaga in La Liga last season, bagging 14 goals in 30 appearances to help steer the club to mid-table safety. He has undoubted talent, but perhaps his style is not suited to the English game. If new Everton manager Sam Allardyce plays the direct football he is most associated with, Sandro could slip further down the pecking order.
Valencia are in excellent form though and it is hard to see where Sandro would fit into their starting line-up. Spanish international Rodrigo has hit eight league goals this season whilst Simone Zaza has shrugged off last year’s West Ham nightmare to go one better with nine. Young centre-forward Santi Mina has also impressed, bagging five league goals for himself.
With their unlikely title challenge still going strong, the last thing Valencia need are disruptions to their prolific forward line. Sandro cannot afford to move there if he is going to be confined to the bench. The young Spaniard needs to be starting games and scoring goals if he is to regain the confidence that he had in abundance last season.