Sandro Ramirez says scoring his first Everton goal was a “great feeling” and he already feels at home at Goodison Park.
The Spaniard strode onto Tom Davies’s slide-rule pass inside the first minute of the Blues’ friendly clash with Sevilla, before effortlessly skipping around ‘keeper David Soria and stroking into the Park End net.
Sevilla hit back with two Ever Banega goals after half-time but Kevin Mirallas struck from the spot with 10 minutes remaining to ensure Everton completed an unbeaten pre-season campaign.
Sandro evidently relished a competitive contest under wet, grey skies at Goodison - and insisted he will thrive on the cut and thrust of Premier League football following his summer move from La Liga outfit Malaga.
“I am really happy to score in front of all the Everton fans here at Goodison, it is a great feeling for me,” said Sandro.
“It is always good to get off the mark quickly when you join a new club but the feeling I have here already is that I am an Everton player and I feel at home here - even in the rain!
“My father said to me that if I get the chance to play in the Premier League I must take it because I have the characteristics to play well in this league. I believe this, too.”
In addition to leaning on some parental advice over his move to England, Sandro was won over by boss Ronald Koeman when it came to choosing his club.
The 22-year-old is delighted with how his pre-season unfolded and is keenly anticipating the dawn of the new Premier League campaign, when Stoke visit Merseyside next Saturday.
“Speaking to Ronald Koeman also convinced me that Everton is the Club for me, so I am delighted to have scored in front of the fans and, like everyone else, I am looking forward to the start of the Premier League season next week against Stoke,” added Sandro.
“Pre-season has gone well, we have advanced to the play-off round to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League and we are all ready for the challenge we face in the Premier League this season. As a team, as a squad, we feel good.”