Deulofeu and Sandro put Spain U21s into semi-finals

Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 28comments  |  Jump to most recent

Sandro Ramirez was on target as Spain secured a place in the semi-finals of the European U21 Championships in Poland.

The Everton transfer prospect fired home in his side's 3-1 win over Portugal in Gydnia, converting a cross from Blues winger and U21s captain, Gerard Deulofeu.

The goal put Spain 2-0 ahead, a lightning fast break down Spain's right, with Deulofeu getting his head up to deliver a low cross which Sandro swept home first-time inside the near post. A touch of class from the man expected to clinch a £5.2m switch to Goodison in the coming days.


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Brian Williams
1 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:23:08
Watching Sandro vs Portugal and looks like the lad's mind's on something! Geri showing why IMO he won't be missed should he move on this window.
Jim Knightley
2 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:42:54
I don't think Geri has been bad – he is putting a shift in and has pulled off some excellent touches and flicks.

Sandro has been off the pace, like last time. I think he enjoys playing a little deeper and he can't do this with this team.

There are some really superb attacking players on both sides. Asensio will be some player.

Brian Williams
3 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:49:23
Jim, Geri hasn't managed one successful cross from the three he's attempted???

And he's almost gifted Portugal a goal.

Mike Powell
4 Posted 20/06/2017 at 20:57:50
Why would Barcelona want Deulofeu? I've just been watching him in the Under-21s... he is dreadful.
John Harris
5 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:08:26
For what it´s worth, Sandro is having a better game tonight. Working hard with good link up play and a couple of excellent shots just wide from the edge of the area. If I had a criticism it would be he shows no interest in getting into the box though with Deulofeu's crossing maybe you can't blame.

Ooops... spoke too soon...

Sandro has just gone into the box and scored from a Deulofeu cross.
Ian McDowell
6 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:08:37
Sandro just scored a goal for Spain, assisted by Deulofeu.
Brian Cleveland
7 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:08:46
Nice combo, Geri and Sandro there... pity neither of them will be here next year!!


Danny Broderick
8 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:09:29
Deulofeu to Sandro – goal! Nice watching that...
Josh Barber
9 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:11:13
Sandro just scored a nice goal in the Under 21s vs Portugal.
Colin Glassar
10 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:18:27
Geri to Sandro? Sounds like the bloody Spice Girls!!
Gaz Smith
11 Posted 20/06/2017 at 21:35:51
I really don't want Geri to leave. I think he's a brilliant player! Has all the qualities to become an absolute superstar. Everyone moans about his consistency yet we've stuck with Barkley for the past 5 season to no avail.

Give Geri the chance to play some regular Football! Surely it says something if Milan and Barça want him back but he's not good enough for Everton?

Maybe I'm missing something...?

Trevor Lynes
12 Posted 20/06/2017 at 22:47:17
There appeared to be a lot of ability on show this evening. Spain seems to turn out a non-stop conveyor belt of talented young players who are comfortable on the ball.

Let's hope that Sandro completes his move to us soon.

Anthony Dwyer
13 Posted 20/06/2017 at 23:10:04
Geri divides opinions as much as any player I've seen in a blue shirt.

The fact is, he's had chances under two Everton managers, so maybe he's just not cut out for the Premier league. But imo this isn't true, I do feel he is lazy, I do feel he let's himself down, but he's 23 which is still young, and if it were up to me, I'd keep him.

If, like suggested in the press, the bid from Barça is imminent then we can't do nothing about it, but I do think in the next few years he will be spoken about on here time and time again as a top class player we allowed to slip through our net.

Anyways onto Sandro, and I really hope we get this lad. He looked good tonight, he worked hard, looked physical and played ahead of some really talented forwards; at his current price we are stealing him.

I have a sneeky feeling he's not too keen on coming though or I'd guess the deal would already be in place.

Hopefully he doesn't play great in this tourney and his options are limited.

John Malone
14 Posted 20/06/2017 at 23:44:08
Has Sandro signed or what?? Where does all this 'info' come from??

We've had one clip on Twitter of him in the Titanic Hotel and that is it apart from here say!!

We're talking about a guy like he play's for us but he hasn't even signed yet, or has he?

It could be very embarrassing if he does a Manuel Fernandes after all this press attention linking him with us!!

Joel Jones
15 Posted 21/06/2017 at 06:20:11
Personally, I feel that Sandro is having doubts now that his compatriot is seemingly being booted out the door.

You can say that Geri is inconsistent/lazy/no end product but the majority of wingers are. Mirallas, Bolasie & Lennon can all sit under the same accusations yet get given far more leeway.

Towards the back end of last season we had a young centre forward on the wing who is clearly not ready for the first team whilst Geri was performing in Milan enough for Barca to go "We may have to bring him back lads".

Just let that sink in – Barca & Milan. Two of Europes biggest clubs & Gary from Huyton* is banging the "crap him" drum as loudly as ever.

Koeman has a flaw gents & it is producing/tolerating attacking players. His philosophy may well benefit us short term, but not before 3 of Europe's best Under-23s are thriving elsewhere!

*Appologies to any Gary's from Huyton who don't share this view.

Hugh Jenkins
16 Posted 21/06/2017 at 07:15:25
Joel (15). Who, precisely, is booting Geri out of the door?

The rumours I've seen suggest that Ronald Koeman wants to keep him but that Barcelona are exercising their "buy-back" right under the original contract.

If someone else knows otherwise, please correct me.

Ian Jones
17 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:01:24
Joel. Sorry to pick up your point about our young centre-forward who towards the end of the season was playing on the wing. Assume it was Dominic Calvert-Lewin you were referring to.

I agree. He may not be ready yet for the first team but it might be interesting to see how he performs as a centre-forward which I assume is his preferred position.

Colin Glassar
18 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:06:00
I've got an uneasy feeling about Sandro and Sigurdsson. I hope I'm wrong but both seem to be happy where they are.
Shaun Wilson
19 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:38:03
Gaz (#11),

Yeah, seems you're missing something mate. He's had ample time to show his quality with the Toffees. The reason Milan want him is because he suits their softer league and the reason Barça want him is because they can make €10 million selling him to the Italian league.

Good player, but not Premier League ready. Had the arsehole at the start of the season on my fantasy team thinking Koeman could elevate him (fuck you too, Mirallas – I lost by 5 points lol).

Hope we get this Sandro lad, he looks the business. Still think there will be a big unveiling of a superstar... I'd love Aguero, but maybe all this transfer talk has got me chasing waterfalls, who knows?

What do them Spurs wankers say? To dare is to do? To dream is to dare? He who dares, Rodders, he who dares... who gives a shit? It's working for them arseholes, so why can't it work for us?

We're fucking back. Fuck the soon to be ex-top 6.

Matt Muzi
21 Posted 21/06/2017 at 08:43:59
I agree, Colin, it seems a little strange to me that everything is in place apparently with Sandro, but he's yet to sign on the dotted line.
Barry Pearce
22 Posted 21/06/2017 at 10:17:48
I think the same, he would prefer to stay in Spain. Sandro that is.

Hope he does sign though, looks useful.

Alan J Thompson
23 Posted 21/06/2017 at 16:17:05
Good Lord! A forward who moves to the front post to take advantage of a tricky wingers cross. Sign him up now, we haven't got one of those.
Joel Jones
24 Posted 21/06/2017 at 20:59:20
Hugh (#16),

If Koeman wanted him then he'd of stayed last season. He'd also be reassuring him that he is part of his plans and therefore should not return to the Barcelona bench.

He's as non-committal on Geri as he is Barkley. Both are match winners on their day but lack defensive nous. Personally, I believe it is one major flaw of our manager.

Ian (#17),

I was referring to Calvert-Lewin, yes. I think most would surely agree he was underwhelming and currently offered little.

Your point on him playing out of position only serves to highlight mine, surely? Why send a Spanish International winger on loan and rely on a young lad playing out of position?

Graham Coldron
25 Posted 22/06/2017 at 08:36:58
According to the Echo, the Sandro gig is a "done deal" as a delegation has apparently flown to wherever to finalise the transfer. If true, this is a massive statement if intent and further proof that we are on the up.

Come on you blues –let's have some more!

Trevor Peers
26 Posted 22/06/2017 at 08:45:25
Surely we should now keep Deulofeu, if the Sandro deal is done – who better to provide the ammunition?

Del is a player who will improve with better player's around him, unlike some.

Mike Corcoran
27 Posted 22/06/2017 at 11:22:05
I just remember seeing Geri puffed out, gasping on the touch line in the home defeat to Swansea and thinking of a very old Pembridge looking the same in a game at Old Trafford. Great player if he could get a bit of stamina though.
Dean Johnson
28 Posted 23/06/2017 at 07:50:54
I think the majority of us want to see Geri succeed; unfortunately, he doesn't have the work ethic.

Sandro looks like a steal at the moment, let's see when it's eventually completed.

Steve Pugh
29 Posted 23/06/2017 at 08:28:01
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Sandro say that he wouldn't sign until after the Euros? As they are still going on, maybe it's a bit early to be worrying that it's not going to happen.

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