One of the main reasons Everton have struggled this season is the removal of the goals they could habitually rely upon from Romelu Lukaku. Now, one of the players they hoped would go some way to replacing Lukaku could be leaving Goodison Park after just half a season.
The player is question is Sandro Ramirez. In the summer it seemed that Everton had bagged themselves a real bargain. The forward had just completed a successful season in La Liga, netting sixteen goals in thirty-one appearances, and was available for a tiny release clause of £5.2 million.
However, Ramirez has been a complete disappointment. The young frontman – still only twenty-two years old – began the season as Everton's first choice centre forward, but since the 4-0 defeat by Manchester United on September 17, has made only one further appearance. He has only scored once, too – in the ignoble 5-1 hammering by Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League.
Valencia could be about to rescue Ramirez's season. The Spanish giants – despite the forward's poor showing this term – are still convinced that Ramirez can do a job for them in La Liga, and are reportedly prepared to make an offer in the January transfer window.
New Everton boss Sam Allardyce may be prepared to give Ramirez a second chance though. The Toffeemen are still struggling for goals and perhaps rely too heavily on an ageing Wayne Rooney. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a raw talent but not a natural goalscorer and Oumar Niasse is a player prone to long-term losses of form. Perhaps there's room in the Everton forward line for Ramirez yet.
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