Mirallas Backs Sandro To Shine

Kevin Mirallas expects Sandro Ramirez to build on a promising first appearance for Everton – and has revealed how he will help the new signing.

The Spain Under-21 striker joined the Blues from Malaga over the summer but only linked up with his new club after representing his country at the European Championships in Poland.

However, he made his first outing in an Everton shirt in the 1-1 draw with RKC Genk on Saturday, laying on the opening goal of the afternoon for Wayne Rooney.

Sandro caught the eye before being withdrawn at half time, and Mirallas expects his new teammate to build on that performance, and explained how he is aiding his fellow forward in adapting to his new surroundings.

“Sandro has come in this week and probably needs some more minutes but you can see his quality already,” he told evertontv. “He laid on a good assist for Wayne. I hope after one or two more weeks of training he will be ready.

“I have been helping him because out of the squad, only myself and Joel Robles speak Spanish. It is not easy for Sandro because it is the first time he has played away from Spain and he has come here and he doesn’t know anyone. 

“But I will help him as much as I can because he is a good lad and a good player.”

Jordan Pickford and Mason Holgate joined Sandro in making their first appearances of pre-season at Genk’s Luminus Arena. That was Everton’s third friendly outing after the trip to Tanzania to face Kenyan side Gor Mahia and taking on FC Twente during the training camp in Holland.

It is has been a tough pre-season so far according to Mirallas but eyes are now firmly set on a vital game next week – the Europa League third qualifying round tie with Slovakian side Ruzomberok.

“It has not been an easy pre-season,” he added. “We have played only three friendlies then we have a Europa League qualifier. We have to be ready though because this game is so important for everybody. 

“It will be a difficult game but if everyone is ready then we will win that match.” 

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