Crossing the divide

Sandri joined Everton for a bargain six million euros.
Sandri joined Everton for a bargain six million euros. / Everton FC
  • The fortunes of Iago Aspas and Borja Bastón in England show that Sandro might not have it all his own way at Everton

If I had a euro for every time an Evertonian asked me about the talents of Sandro Ramírez, I’d probably have enough to spring his incredibly low buy-out clause.

The Malaga supporters reading this know what a steal it has been for the Premier League team but the club have pulled off their own sharp deal by bringing Borja Bastón back to LaLiga.

In theory Sandro should fit into the English game with his robust approach, endless running, guts and determination. His goal scoring record is impressive too. So that’s what I’ve told the ‘Blue Noses’. My quiet disclaimer has been: “That’s what I said about Iago Aspas though.”

Aspas also headed for Merseyside after earning a goal-scoring reputation at Celta and returned with the memory of just one FA Cup goal for Liverpool against Oldham.

He put it down to language problems but, in truth, Sandro doesn’t have a lot to beat when it comes to Spanish forwards who have headed to the Premier League in recent times.

Nolito claimed his daughter’s face had changed colour and it looked like she’d been living in a cave. Given his lack of appearances in 2017, he may as well have been living as a hermit.

This shows how a career can turn. In 2016 he was a Spain regular, hero in Vigo and Pep Guardiola considered him a talent worth investing £14 million into.

Nolito isn’t the only investment into Spanish footballing property that hasn’t brought dividends. Lucas Pérez was handed the prestigious number nine shirt of Arsenal after his £17-million signing from Deportivo where he was one of LaLiga’s deadliest strikers. He only weighed in with one Premier League goal in his first season and if squad numbers were distributed on importance then he’d be in the high numbers.

So it doesn’t appear that Sandro has too many acts to follow. Maybe his role model should be Fernando Llorente who arrived in Swansea without any great fanfare from Sevilla who were happy to move him on. He adapted so well to the British game with 15 goals, now Chelsea are reportedly interested in enticing him to the capital.

The Sandro deal appears to be a winner for everyone. Everton get an enthusiastic young striker at a great fee, Malaga bring in a forward in Borja Bastón who is desperate to relaunch a Spanish career that saw him with a better than one in two goal ratio, and Swansea offload an unhappy player who is happy to be back in the sunshine again.