Sandro Ramirez has joined Real Valladolid on loan for the 2019-20 season.
On July 3rd 2017, it was announced that Sandro had signed for Everton on a 4 year deal.
The forward, a product of Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy, became the Blues’ fourth recruit of the summer transfer window, following goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and playmaker Davy Klaassen through the door at Goodison Park.
Sandro, aged 21, arrived at Everton after a prolific season in La Liga with Malaga, where he averaged better than a goal every two games. In all competitions, he netted 16 times in 32 appearances.
Born on the island of Gran Canaria, Sandro moved to mainland Spain to join Barcelona as a teenager.
He rose through their youth setup, featuring regularly for the Catalans’ B side before earning a senior debut against Villarreal in August 2014. He marked the occasion in sensational fashion by scoring the winner, just 12 minutes after entering the action as a substitute.
Sandro went on to play 12 times for Barcelona in 2014/15 and 20 matches the following campaign, collecting La Liga winners’ medals in both seasons as Barcelona were crowned back-to-back champions under Luis Enrique.
He signed for Malaga in July 2016, departing Barcelona having scored a total of seven goals in 32 appearances for the European giants.
He was a regular starter during his one full season with Malaga and his 16 goals for the club included a superb solo effort against his former employers Barca.
Internationally, Sandro has represented Spain at every level from Under-16s through to Under-21s.
In the weeks before signing for Everton, he was involved at the 2017 Under-21 European Championships in Poland and scored a fine goal against Portugal prior to completing his switch to the Blues.
On Wednesday 31st January 2018 Sandro joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season but failed to score in 13 appearances.
Exactly seven months later, in the same situation, he moved to Real Sociedad, playing 24 times, again failing to score.
The striker has been unable to impress at Everton, and looks set to play elsewhere, seemingly until we find a big enough mug to take him off our hands.
Sandro will link up with a Valladolid team that finished 16th in La Liga in 2018-19 and are managed by former Deportivo La Coruna and Spain international midfielder Sergio.
It would be fair to say that Everton forward Sandro Ramirez has not had the best of luck since joining the Merseyside club.
When Everton triggered a reported (BBC Sport) £5.2 million release clause to sign the Malaga striker in 2017 it seemed they had grabbed a bargain.
But he struggled to settle at Everton and has spent unsuccessful loan spells at both Sevilla and Real Sociedad over the past two seasons.
This summer, Everton again shifted him on loan. Sandro headed to Real Valladolid, but so far his fortunes have not changed. Sandro failed to score a single goal during his spell at the Anoeta last season and that run continues. He is yet to score in his six games for the club this campaign. It means the striker’s last goal remains the consolation for Everton in a 5-1 Europa League thrashing against Atalanta in November 2017. It now appears as though Sandro will be stretching to a full two years without a goal, as he is reportedly injured.
Fichajes reports that he is expected to miss the next three weeks of action through injury as he continues his wretched run of form.
Everton fans will be hoping Sandro can get back to form as soon as possible. Not only so they can try and find a buyer for his services on a permanent basis, but just to break the duck in what is clearly a tough spell for the 24-year-old
Something very special happened at the weekend, Sandro Ramirez scored.
That’s now two goals in just over a month for the Everton owned striker, who is currently on loan at Real Valladolid. Such a return may not sound impressive, but given his previous extended goal drought it’s a real step forward, and his performance, after coming on a substitute against Espanyol at the weekend, has been widely praised.
Sandro’s loan club won the match 2-1, and he scored the first goal. Real Valladolid manager Sergio Gonzalez, who has previously played for and managed Espanyol, spoke afterwards, and was asked about Sandro’s crucial contribution.
Sport quote him as saying the player has been “starving for minutes and goals”, so was able to satisfy a little of his hunger.
Sandro is still only 24 years of age, and a few more goals between now and the end of the season would surely increase La Liga interest in a permanent transfer. His attitude has repeatedly been praised at previous loan clubs, but end product has prevented Everton from being able to get a transfer fee.