Sharp Salutes Savvy Sandro Signing

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An excited Graeme Sharp is looking forward to seeing new signing Sandro Ramirez up close at Everton.

The Blues completed a move for the highly-rated Spain Under-21s striker earlier this month, with the former Barcelona man penning a four-year deal after joining from Malaga.

Sharp saw glimpses of Sandro during his one season at La Rosaleda, where he netted 16 times in 31 appearances, and his performances caught the Club Ambassador’s eye.

“It is an exciting one for me,” he told evertonfc.com. “I’m looking forward to seeing him up close and hopefully he can do the business.

“His goalscoring record for someone so young is impressive. You have also got his pedigree, having come through at Barcelona. The boy has talent. A big asset is his age as well, so it looks a really good signing.

“It could be that not many Evertonians will know much about him but you look at his record for Malaga last season. La Liga is a tough league so to score 16 goals is not bad at all.

“He has the experience of playing internationally for Spain Under-21s as well and scored in the European Championships recently, so it looks like he can handle the big stage. I’m sure he will be looking to prove himself in the Premier League."

After Arouna Kone and Enner Valencia departed the Club at the end of the 2016/17 campaign, the Blues needed to boost their forward options. 

Sharp accepts that Sandro will need time to adjust to his new surroundings but is expecting the 21-year-old to prove a success at Goodison Park.

“We needed numbers up front after Arouna and Enner left because you need depth in every position,” he added. “Up front, you need players who are going to score you goals. Hopefully that will be the case with Sandro.


“There will have to be a period of time to adapt to the physicality of the English game but I’m sure he will prove to be a good addition.

“He will have had a very good grounding at Barcelona. We saw with Gerard Deulofeu coming in and the ability he has just how they produce players. Sandro will have been schooled in the right way.

“Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh have looked at him and said he is worth a chance. For a relatively small fee, to bring in someone with massive potential is a sound move.”
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