Everton supporters have been pretty quiet in recent times after seeing their side embark upon a stuttering festive period in the Premier League.
Marco Silva’s men were beginning to put a run of form together heading into December to suggest that they may be able to compete with the division’s top six sides this term, only to endure a testing month which has seen them fall away from the best teams. The Toffees mustered just one win from their seven league games in December and lost on four occasions to slip into the bottom half of the table, thus leaving Silva and his team with much work to do in the second half of the season.
As such, there have been many frustrated Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will surely be hoping their side make a move for a striker during the January transfer window, with that clearly an area of the squad that needs improving.
Former boss Ronald Koeman tried to do just that back in the summer of 2017 in luring Sandro Ramirez from Malaga to Goodison Park for just £5.4 million (as per Transfermarkt), only for Everton to still be reeling from what has proven to be a shocking call from the Dutchman.
Ultimately, it was always going to be difficult for the Toffees to replace the goals and overall influence of Romelu Lukaku, who left the club in 2017 to join Premier League giants Manchester United having scored 87 goals in just 166 games for Everton.
And while Malaga’s Sandro was never likely to be a complete replacement for the Belgium international, he did only cost £5.4 million after all, Everton fans would have likely been optimistic that the Spaniard could do a job after his impressive time in his homeland the season before.
The 23-year-old netted 16 times in just 31 games for Malaga in the 2016/17 campaign to help the club finish 11th in the Spanish top-flight, and for a lowly £5.4 million as per his release clause, it was certainly a risk worth taking.
Yet it’s a risk which has hugely backfired given Sandro has looked a shadow of the player that lit up La Liga in 2016/17, scoring on just one occasion for Everton since then in only 15 appearances, to the point that he has since enjoyed loan spells at Sevilla and now Real Sociedad to underline his lowly position in the pecking order.
And given the Toffees are seriously struggling in the striking ranks, to the point that Richarlison has often been used as a number nine in recent months, it’s pretty clear just how far away Sandro is from getting his Everton career going.
So while Koeman would have hoped the 23-year-old would be a bargain purchase in a bid to solve his striking woes, the Toffees are still very much reeling from the Dutchman’s shocking call back in 2017.
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