Sandro Ramirez says that he is back to full fitness and will be raring to go when Tottenham come to Goodison Park this weekend.
The Spaniard, a £5.2m acquisition from Malaga over the summer, has had his fledgeling Premier League career disrupted by a heel injury but he remains unfazed and he says he has been working at Finch Farm to get back to 100%.
“I have worked hard to prepare for the Spurs game which for us, in front of our fans, will be massive,” he says. “I feel very positive about the team going into this match.
“I had two weeks of problems with my heel but I was looking forward to playing again when we went to Chelsea. Now I feel one hundred per cent and I want to be ready for the Spurs game.”
With Everton failing to sign an experienced striker to replace Romelu Lukaku, the responsibility for scoring the team's goals will continue to fall on the shoulders of Sandro, Wayne Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The 21-year-old scored a fine goal in the pre-season friendly against Sevilla but has yet to find the net in a competitive game. Nevertheless, he is confident that he can make the transition from Serie A.
“I think playing in England suits me,” he continues. “It gives me the chance to make runs in behind and attack the spaces.
“One of the reasons I came to the Premier League was I knew I was coming to one of England's biggest clubs.
“So far it has been very good. Of course, there are so many things we need to improve and we are working every day on the training ground to get better.”
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1 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:19:50
2 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:22:22
3 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:28:53
4 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:37:07
Myself, I have hopes for this guy and would like to see him and Calvert-Lewin play together. Could be fun... one scrapper, another very quick. Both can score.
5 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:41:51
6 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:44:23
First time Sigurdsson will able to link up with Sandro... he'll make those runs and Gylfi will find him as well as Calvert-Lewin. I've got a good feeling about this match.
7 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:47:51
Also If it's been on here, I missed it, but didn't realise this until tonight Sigurdsson bagged both of Iceland's goals the other night in their 2-0 defeat of Ukraine. Great for confidence, and Tom Davies had a really good run out for the England U21s last night.
8 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:48:46
Rooney is fading, but has so much to teach these young ones! Sandro, Lookman and Calvert-Lewin (and maybe Mirallas, too...), fed by Rooney, Sigurdsson, Bolasie, Klaassen, Pickford?
Right now, we have no towering centre-forward to convert crosses, so we'll have to play smart with through-balls. I only hope Koeman will be able to adapt to "what-we-have" instead of "what-we-hoped-to-have-to-play-my-way"...
9 Posted 06/09/2017 at 19:51:22
10 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:09:17
Easy or what!
11 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:11:59
We have the players now to be very good, do we have the manager?
12 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:17:09
13 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:31:36
Is the Premier League a better standard than La Liga? That's debatable, but Sandro was also playing for one of the lesser teams, which makes his goal tally even more impressive.
I don't think he needs to make the transition from Serie A though. (Sorry Lyndon, couldn't resist.)
14 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:43:00
15 Posted 06/09/2017 at 20:59:24
16 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:19:14
17 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:22:15
Nothing to lose here, it's not as if we are spoilt for choice, is it? It's between him and young Calvert-Lewin pick one and try to to establish some sort of system the players are comfortable with.
Leaving him stranded to chase 'Andy Johnsonesque' hoofs will ruin the lad and ruin me in the process. Especially if I see one more thumbs up or little clap as the ball sails into the 5th row of the Street End.
Back to the future. Long diagonals. That's what we've been missing.
18 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:37:11
19 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:40:32
20 Posted 06/09/2017 at 21:41:25
21 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:03:45
Sorry, mate, you mustn't have much patience! What has he been involved in, 3 games? Him and Klaassen are new to the country and new to the league, give them a chance at least.
22 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:27:14
His workrate and skill are far superior to Lukaku but his goalscoring is not as good and he relies on similar through-balls.
23 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:28:53
It looks like some people make their minds up very early, because it was during the game against the Slovakians where I constantly heard people saying Calvert-Lewin was fuckin' crap!
Not saying Sandro is the answer; I'm just saying give the lad some time. It' must be hard enough coming to a new country, for a young lad, and because we have got so many new players, it's definitely going to take longer for everyone to get to know each other.
Klaassen's shite, Sandra's rubbish, and Calvert-Lewin is fuckin' crap, let's just give them some time?
24 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:32:41
25 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:36:47
We need to show that, in spite of a disappointing 'window', we are on the way up.
26 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:37:00
27 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:48:05
I think all three of Klaassen, Vlasic and Sandro have been signed for having these virtues along with their other respective qualities.
On another note, I think Vlasic has been brought in as direct competition for Lookman, as I don't see where else he'll play him and I certainly can't see him playing both.
28 Posted 06/09/2017 at 22:57:55
Could be a gem.
29 Posted 06/09/2017 at 23:20:42
Probably both on par with Mirallas, and I might be exaggerating. Davies and Calvert-Lewin look better bets to me!
30 Posted 07/09/2017 at 00:11:22
32 Posted 07/09/2017 at 00:22:43
But to score 16 goals in it for a 21 year old is still encouraging and I like what he offers which is a good first touch and shoot on sight approach. It'll be a while but I am hopeful Sandro will have a good goal return this season and his work rate will bring others in to score.
33 Posted 07/09/2017 at 00:39:06
I also wonder if Rooney will feature - he owes us but he owes his wife and family an awful lot more - and will Davy be back in?
An intriguing game but I hope Jags and Keane will keep out Delle, Kane et al.
34 Posted 07/09/2017 at 01:54:16
35 Posted 07/09/2017 at 02:54:55
36 Posted 07/09/2017 at 04:18:53
37 Posted 07/09/2017 at 06:15:32
He will turn out to be another astute signing from Ronald.
39 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:27:14
It used to be an excuse that they 'hadn't had a full pre-season'that prevented them hitting the ground running', now it's 'the pace of EPL' !
Let's be honest, only Pickford (and just maybe Siggy ) would get in a top six side so seventh is absolutely tops for this lot and that will be a struggle !
40 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:38:11
41 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:38:50
42 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:50:04
For anyone to judge or write someone off after a handful of games just shows a lack of patience and intelligence. It takes time for anybody to settle in a new job, especially when you've moved to another country with a different language and different style of football! I also seem to remember a bunch of people writing off Seamus as a right back in the early days. Let's judge after Christmas, shall we.
43 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:53:19
So this season more than ever, Everton must push up to the half way line and press the opposition in their own half instead of standing back and standing off. This will require both Schneiderlin and Williams to push up. But would be another disaster waiting if Jagielka is asked again to play in a trio of centre backs against Chelsea yet again.
44 Posted 07/09/2017 at 08:59:18
Everyone wants immediate success and gratification these days. Players aren't allowed time to settle into a new team (and country) and are expected to hit the ground running.
Vardy has a foundation which tries to give players, many who've been released as youngsters by clubs, a second chance to prove themselves and already it's producing results.
We (fans) want it all and we want it now, but our myopic, short-termism isn't helping. Who'd want a prospect from Nuneaton FC for £200k when you can get a fancy named no-mark from Ligue 1 for £5m? I mean, a guy called Jean Pierre sounds much better than a lad called Bob.
45 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:02:59
47 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:16:11
48 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:20:17
Bill Gienapp 35 I often scratch my head in wonder at people's expectations. How anyone can write off 2 players after a handful of games in a new league and a new country is beyond me. Not only getting used to a new country and a new league, but probably a new system and a getting on a new wave length with a bunch of players that you've never met.
I remember the stick Fellaini got in his early days, we ended up getting a lot of good football from him and a massive profit too. Arteta took a while to find his feet if I recall, as did Dave Watson, and he was English. I remember the stick he took in his early days, partly because he took over from Mountfield and partly because he wasn't living up to fan's expectations straight away.
Coleman was used as a winger before settling into his best position, even Ratcliffe was used as a LB before rightfully being used as a CB, and these were lads that spoke the lingo and knew the culture. Look how long it took Ian Marshall! He went from a dodgy CB to CF and shone in the role.
Oh, and Lineker didn't find the net in his first 4 games!
On top of this, the lad has been carrying an injury!
49 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:27:23
Patience is not just a virtue, it's a necessity, but Koeman twice got Southampton to dwell p.d.q. in consecutive seasons with several new additions so here's hoping.
50 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:31:21
One if Koeman's plus points, and we have heard a lot about his negatives, is rebuilding, not just a team, but a squad and as you say, twice at Southampton. They ain't exactly been ripping up trees since he left!
Like I have said on a few posts, we just have to wait and see! It won't happen overnight.
51 Posted 07/09/2017 at 09:38:30
I think both of them will prove useful players but possibly not for a while yet and patience is an increasingly rare commodity in football.
For me, we just look a very slow team and, given how many men we like to keep in our own half, that puts a huge onus on the forwards to do something pretty special to get the goals we are going to need.
I think our defence may give up a similar amount of goals to the top 6 teams but that we will score 30 or so goals less than most of them. I find it strange that a team that is set up to defend and be hard to break down has not put more stock in proven fast, energetic forwards who can break quickly and utilise the counter attack well. What i'd give for Vardy, Mane, Salah or Sane. Sandro is quickish and same with Calvert-Lewin; Lookman has pace and may yet come to the fore as might Vlasic. The future may yet be bright but i'm less optimistic about the short-term.
52 Posted 07/09/2017 at 10:47:56
The only problem is I don't think Calvert Lewin is the right type of foil for him yet; Giroud would have been perfect!
A bit like Baines and Pienaar needed each other to be effective as they used their quick thinking and quick touches to get past defender's rather than there athleticism. I think Sandro need's a partner on the same page to make an impact up top!
53 Posted 07/09/2017 at 10:48:06
54 Posted 07/09/2017 at 11:09:15
55 Posted 07/09/2017 at 11:51:17
If he can score a goal or two it will bring him on, and settle him down into his natural rhythm. just hope he is given a bit of time and support.
56 Posted 07/09/2017 at 13:31:36
58 Posted 07/09/2017 at 13:39:29
It's all very well dropping back to help out the defence, but if counter attacking, there are a distinct shortage of front runners.
Looking forward to tomorrow's game, and hope we can get something from it, let's hope the Chelsea game was just a one-off.
59 Posted 07/09/2017 at 13:50:33
He's an intelligent player and I think has that bit of mongrel in him mentally & physically.
Needs time to adjust to the Premier League.
60 Posted 07/09/2017 at 13:52:25
I agree with John Malone that Giroud would have been a great partner for him. Giroud's hold up play, flicks, and one touch passing is of the highest quality. I think it would have been a fantastic partnership and hope that we go back in for Giroud in January after he's spent the first half of the season on the Arsenal bench. Hopefully he can convince his missus that there is more to life than London.
Anyway, no point worrying about what we don't have. Hopefully Calvert-Lewin can continue his steep learning curve and help get the best out of Sandro.
61 Posted 07/09/2017 at 15:26:06
62 Posted 08/09/2017 at 19:01:22
Unfortunately, nobody plays 2 up top these days...
63 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:17:26
64 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:21:57
65 Posted 08/09/2017 at 20:55:47
Our new players should be made to feel like this as quickly as possible. Even if they haven't scored a hat trick in every game they've played so far. Up the Toffees, mate 👍
66 Posted 08/09/2017 at 21:11:31
67 Posted 09/09/2017 at 11:39:53
68 Posted 12/09/2017 at 12:11:36
69 Posted 12/09/2017 at 12:20:52
70 Posted 12/09/2017 at 15:22:49
It's early days I know by from what I've seen Sandro is utter dog shit!!! All this guff about it taking time to adjust to the Premier League doesn't wash. Gabriel Jesus was 19 when City bought him. Scored something like 10 goals in less than 20 games. Take the blue tinted specs off for a minute. Has he even had a shot yet, on or off target??
With our strike "force" it's going to be a struggle til January when we can try and buy someone, tho I won't be holding my breath!! I'm just waiting for the "give Niasse a game" posts!! And that'll sum up Sandro perfectly!!!! When bang-average players were moving for £25-35M, we get a striker for less than £6M!!
71 Posted 12/09/2017 at 18:16:43
Blue Bill's refusal to sanction buying another striker under Koeman may be understandable; it seems he's lost faith in him, but the problem remains.
If they won't back Koeman, perhaps they should sack him.
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