25 Aug Why Sandro Is The Signing Of The Summer So Far
We’re here! In the height of summer silly season, just a matter of days from the start of the 2017/18 campaign, and the transfer market is now at full speed as clubs prepare their squads for a crack at glory. If you’ve just returned from a vacation on Mars, then you can be forgiven for missing SportPesa UK’s news of becoming the main sponsor of Everton Football Club. We’re absolutely buzzing! August 12 just cannot come soon enough.
Our pals over at Goodison Park have had a particularly busy summer. For a start, they became the first Premier League club to play in Tanzania when they beat Kenyan champions Gor Mahia 2-1 at Dar es Salaam’s national stadium. By the way, if you were up on the red planet and you haven’t seen the goals – you seriously need to check them out!
The Toffees have also been very active in the transfer market in preparation for what we anticipate to be a memorable season on the blue half of Merseyside. Sunderland and England U21 shot-stopper Jordan Pickford arrived early in the summer in a deal that broke the British transfer record for a goalkeeper. Much-loved Netherlands international Davy Klaassen followed Pickford to USM Finch Farm shortly after. We were in Klaassen’s homeland shortly after the transfer as we were attending the iGamingSuperShow – Amsterdam was in a state of mourning for the guy. Ajax fans are gutted.
Everton have since gone on to bolster their ranks with the like of Michael Keane, Nathangelo Markelo, Henry Onyekuru, Boris Mathis, Anton Donkor, Josh Bowler, Cuco Martina and welcomed the legend Wayne Rooney back home ahead of what will be a demanding season full of European escapades. But it’s a guy by the name of Sandro Ramirez that has us excited. This guy is chuffed too! Now there has been some marvellous business outside of Everton this summer. Everyone is happy to see Javier Hernandez back in the Premier League after his move to West Ham United – well, everyone apart from opposing defenders. Alexandre Lacazette has Arsenal fans excited. Chelsea’s new man Alvaro Morata is a class act.
However, a 22-year-old from Gran Canaria – who has UEFA Champions League and LaLiga winners medals and seems to have been around for years, will turn out to be the undisputed signing of the summer. For some inexplicable reason, Sandro comes to the Premier League with a point to prove. Self-proclaimed experts will claim that if he was that good, then he’d still be at Barcelona. We’ll forgive him for struggling to break into that forward line of Messi, Neymar and Suarez. Despite putting in some good performances for the Catalan giants, it was clear that Sandro’s future was away from Camp Nou. So ahead of 16/17, Sandro moved to the south coast of Spain and took up the number nineteen shirt at Malaga.
The below infographic says all you need to know about the guy. But, bare in mind – he missed a large part of last season to injury and he was playing for a side that was struggling in LaLiga. Meanwhile, Monaco youngster Kylian Mbappe – who had a similar goal return for the free-scoring Ligue 1 champions last term – is courting world record bids north of €160m.
Ex-Barca man and Everton manager Ronald Koeman clearly kept tabs on Sandro after his Barcelona departure and the £5.2m fee to activate his release clause could turn out to be the best bit of business in this window. The Spaniard, who played a key role in Spain U21s successful Euro 2017 campaign this summer, has already showed signs of linking up with Rooney up top too. Bring on Stoke, and remember to stick this guy in your fantasy football squad.