After what seemed like weeks of waiting, Everton finally announced the signing of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga on a 4 year deal. The initial fee has been reported to be £5.25m, which if true, could prove to be the biggest bargain of the transfer window, as he possibly could have went for more than £20m if Malaga did not place a buyout clause on the young Spanish striker.
Sandro Ramirez scored 14 goals for Malaga last season, averaging a goal every 135 minutes for the club. To put that in perspective, this is one more than Neymar (13) and only 2 less than Griezmann (16). One poor aspect of his game is his lack of assists, only getting 3 for the entirety of the season, which can be understandable as he is a lone striker, but it still is quite a poor number.
Here’s what Ramirez had to say:
“I’m very happy, this is a big step in my career. I know I’m signing for a massive club in England. Everton is the ideal place for me, I’ve got the ideal manager who is going to keep giving me the confidence to improve my game.”
Fantasy Football Potential
With Sandro managing to score 14 goals in a relatively poor Malaga side, he has the potential to add to that tally in the Premier League. This is because the midfield that Everton possess is of a much higher quality than Malaga, and could mean that Sandro gets more chances to convert. His set pieces are also fantastic, specifically his free kicks, of which he scored 3 last season, more than any other player in the La Liga. With the introduction of Klaassen, who assisted more than any other player in the Eredivisie last season, he could find himself in more goal scoring opportunities than he did at Malaga.
Everton have been linked with about 55 strikers, however the most concrete seems to be Giroud. Carlo Jacomuzzi (Everton scout) claimed that he was signing for £20 million and with West Ham seemingly looking elsewhere (Andre Gray), we could be seeing Giroud adopt the Royal Blue shirt next season. Does that affect Sandro? It’ll be unknown until pre-season, but Koeman liked Pelle and Jay Rod/Long playing together, which could be similar with Giroud and Sandro, or even Lukaku and Sandro, should the Belgian stay.
It’s difficult to put a price on Sandro, but its possible he’ll be about 6.0m to 7.0m. If he comes in at 6.5, it could be a bargain as he has the potential to score goals could be a fantastic choice Saving money by choosing Sandro could also mean you can spend more on the ‘big-hitters’ like Hazard, Aguero or Sanchez for example.
For next season, Sandro Ramirez could be a great buy, but only after gameweek 6. This is because of Everton’s fixtures, many of them are tough and Everton have a very tricky start to the campaign, playing qualifying and play off rounds to the Europa League, as well as the Premier League. So, once this busy period is over, it may be wise investing in Sandro. Stats suggest that Sandro will be a great FPL signing, however we all know with fantasy football, it’s much more complicated that what the stats suggest!
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Written by Bonus FPL (@BonusFPL)