According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton striker Sandro Ramirez is a January target for La Liga high-flyers Valencia.
Well, the Daily Mail says that Valencia are keen to bring the out of favour 22-year-old back to Spain on loan less than six months after he left Malaga to join the Toffees.
Despite arriving for what was considered to be a bargain £5.2m fee following an impressive goalscoring campaign in La Liga, the attacker has so far struggled to adapt to the English game or to find a position where he fits into Everton’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Having scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga last term, hopes were high that the 22-year-old could help to score some of the goals the Merseyside outfit were losing when they sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United during the summer.
However, he has only scored one goal in 13 outings for Everton so far this campaign, and he has only played 14 minutes of Premier League football in his club’s previous seven top flight fixtures.
While it looked as though he could potentially leave in the New Year if David Unsworth got the job on a permanent basis, that situation may now change after Sam Allardyce was confirmed as the club’s new manager.
The former England boss will want to run the rule over all of his players before deciding who is surplus to requirements, and he may feel that he can get the best out of Ramirez – perhaps if he is partnered with a taller player like Dominic Calvert-Lewin up top.
Big Sam certainly won’t fancy him as a lone striker if he intends to stick with the 4-2-3-1 formation though, as he likes to have a target to hit with any long balls played forward.
Well, if Allardyce decides that Ramirez isn’t for him or Everton – it could well be the case considering he has struggled to adapt to English football so far – then giving him to Valencia on loan in January could not only potentially help the 22-year-old regain his confidence, but also help them make a profit on a player that cost so little in today’s market.