We don’t normally call people flops at Sport Witness, but there are times where the description is more than apt.
One of those, unfortunately for Everton, is Sandro Ramírez, who was bought from Málaga back in 2017 for £5.4m.
The expenditure wasn’t high, but there were high hopes at Goodison Park for the Spaniard, which he most definitely did not live up too.
At 24 years of age, there is still plenty of time for Sandro to turn his career around, and there will be hope his current loan spell at Real Valladolid will be the ideal environment to do so over the next few months.
And to do that, he will need to break the unenviable streak of 2151 minutes without a goal (it was 2131 in July, and he has played 20 minutes since), last finding the back of the net for Everton on December 23rd 2017 in a 5-1 loss to Atalanta in the Europa League.
Since then, he’s played for three different Spanish teams (Sevilla, Real Sociedad and now Valladolid).
Yet, however surprising it might sound, Sandro isn’t all that phased about his inability to score, as he explained in a press conference on Wednesday.
He said, relayed by El Desmarque: “For me, it’s a very important year. I’m very excited. When you’ve gone some time without scoring like I have, you need [confidence]. A striker lives for goals, but I don’t believe that feeling. I’m calm because I’ve always scored goals and I will continue scoring goals”.
A highly commendable stance when some might be completely downbeat about their situation, but we all know actions speak louder than words, and his next chance to break his streak will be away from home against Villarreal on Saturday.
Best of luck, Sandro.