Date: 17th July 2017 at 8:17am
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Sandro Ramirez’s arrival at Everton has been relatively low key given the inexpensive fee paid, in terms of the modern era of football and certainly in comparison to the other high profile, high value, signings made.

Club record fees, near in other cases, mean the Blues have paid top money for players this summer but even they, in many ways, are something of ‘the norm’ for players these days it seems.

NOT at all a dig at the club.

Club Ambassador Graeme Sharp has told the Official Website, which as a former striker himself is unsurprisingly, he’s impressed by the arrival at Goodison Park of Sandro.

The Spanish U21 international is a player he’s looking forward to seeing in action for Everton and feels the former Barcelona academy product could prove a good signing, who has already shown he can handle the pressures of the big stage.

‘It is an exciting one for me. I’m looking forward to seeing him up close and hopefully he can do the business. His goalscoring record for someone so young is impressive. You have also got his pedigree, having come through at Barcelona. The boy has talent. A big asset is his age as well, so it looks a really good signing.

Adding: ‘It could be that not many Evertonians will know much about him but you look at his record for Malaga last season. La Liga is a tough league so to score 16 goals is not bad at all. He has the experience of playing internationally for Spain Under-21s as well and scored in the European Championships recently, so it looks like he can handle the big stage. I’m sure he will be looking to prove himself in the Premier League.’

With Ronald Koeman having made the decision to release Arouna Kone and deciding against a permanent deal for West Ham loanee Enner Valencia it was obvious Everton needed attacking options, especially with Romelu Lukaku set to leave, which of course he did for Manchester United, but not until after the arrival of Sandro from Malaga.

Sharp went on to talk about the fact we ‘needed numbers up front’ to cover those losses but those additions also had to be ‘players who are going to score you goals’ and given ‘time to adapt to the physicality of the English game’ the former Scottish international and Everton legend is confident of Sandro doing that.

His Barcelona background would have seen him brought up well with Sharp finishing saying this could be a ‘sound move’ by the Blues.

‘He will have had a very good grounding at Barcelona. We saw with Gerard Deulofeu coming in and the ability he has just how they produce players. Sandro will have been schooled in the right way. Ronald Koeman and Steve Walsh have looked at him and said he is worth a chance. For a relatively small fee, to bring in someone with massive potential is a sound move.’

Meanwhile, another of the arrivals at Goodison this summer has been Michael Keane.

The England international, 24, is already feeling at home with the club and feels the time in Tanzania helped as will the stint in Holland and Belgium, starting today.

He told the Official Website: ‘I’ve settled in well. All the lads are really nice and the staff have welcomed me too. I knew a few of them previously with England, so it’s been good to get to know everyone away in Tanzania where you spend longer together. We’ve got Holland next week and I’m looking forward to that. So far it’s been great. Training has been good, the lads have all been good with me, so I can’t ask for much more.’

He went on to say Koeman’s ‘authority’ has already been seen and as one of the best in a central defensive position from his own playing days he couldn’t have a better person to learn from than Everton’s Dutch boss.

‘You can already see the authority he has got around the place, which is good. He’s got all the experience of playing in my position, playing on the biggest stage for the biggest clubs in the world.’

Adding: ‘He’s someone you can learn a lot from and I’ve seen that already. But I think next week when we go to Holland, we’ll talk more tactics and ways of playing.’

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