Everton have signed Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez from Malaga for a fee of £5.2 million.
The 21-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Goodison Park, after the club met his buyout clause of £5.2 million. Ramirez joined Malaga from Barcelona at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, scoring 16 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions during his sole season with the Boquerones.
During his two-year spell at Barcelona, Ramirez won two La Liga titles and two Copa Del Rey’s. He also won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup.
The Spain under-21 international was a promising players in the youth ranks during his spell at Barcelona. In 2009, he joined Barca’s youth academy from Las Palmas when he was 14-years-old,
In June 2014, Ramirez was promoted to Barcelona’s B team and made his professional debut in August 2013. He was quickly acknowledged by Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who handed him his senior debut in August 2014.
Sandro Ramirez scored the winning goal against Villarreal on his Barcelona debut, after replacing Pedro mid-way into the second half. He continued his rise by netting his first Champions League goal during a Champions League group stage victory against Ajax.
However, the 21-year-old was unable to replicate this form during his second season. He failed to score in any of his ten Spanish La Liga appearances and netted only three goals in 20 appearances in all competitions.
Malaga signed the 21-year-old forward on a three-year contract at the beginning of the 2016/17 season. He received regular playing time and flourished during his only season at the club.
What to expect from Sandro Ramirez?
Sandro Ramirez could either be a flop or an absolute bargain, depending on how he adapts to the physicality of the Premier League. Over the years we’ve seen various promising stars crumble under the scrutinised pressure that comes with playing in the Premier League.
In the 2016/17 season, Ramirez scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga, meaning he averaged more than one goal in every two games. This is an impressive rate for any European striker, especially considering Malaga’s limited resources in the final third.
He averaged 3.1 shots per game, meaning he scored from just over every six attempts in the Spanish La Liga. In the Premier League, he’s going to have to be more clinical to ensure he meets expectations.
The 21-year-old is a young, energetic and frightening prospect for opposing defenders. He tends to retreat to deeper positions and carry the ball into dangerous areas by utilizing his rapid sprint speed and acceleration.
Ramirez may be an established goal scorer in Spain but he also incredibly creative. He averaged 1.1 key passes per game and also holds onto the ball to improve the flow of attacking moves.
Since moving to Malaga, Ramirez was handed the duty of taking the team’s free-kicks. He rippled the net on various occasions with his rasping free-kick last term and he also has a cannon of a right boot from long range distances.
Romelu Lukaku is set to join Chelsea this summer but it’s not clear whether Ramirez will immediately replace the Belgian international. Burnley striker Andre Gray has also been linked with a move to Goodison Park, meaning Ramirez may not be guaranteed regular first team football.
Everton will not end their spending spree there, as Keane is reportedly set to join if he completes his medical in the coming days. Ronald Koeman is being financially backed in the toffees’ pursuit to qualify for the Champions League next season.
3 Things To Know About Sandro Ramirez:
• Sandro Ramirez is currently the only player in Everton’s squad to have won the UEFA Champions League.
• The 21-year-old represented Spain’s under-21s, who lost the Germany in the European Championships final in Poland.
• He was also linked with Atletico Madrid, Southampton and Stoke City.