Everton striker says Premier League 'is perfect for me', has very high expectations for season
By Abigail Withey
Everton’s summer signing Sandro Ramirez has said that he is perfectly suited to the Premier League style of play ahead of their campaign opener against Stoke City on Saturday.
The 22-year-old scored his first Everton goal at the weekend during the Toffees’ friendly match against Sevilla at Goodison Park, and is hoping it’s just the start of a glut of goals in blue.
The Spaniard commented about how different the Premier League is to football that he is used to playing in his home country.
Ramirez said: “It is a different game here, in Spain teams have the ball a bit more, at a lower tempo and it is a bit more tactical.
“Here it is more physical, there is more intensity but I think my characteristics will adjust perfectly for the Premier League and, as I say, with help from the technical staff and my team-mates,” he was quoted in the Liverpool Echo. “The league is perfect for me.”
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After the departure of goal-machine Romelu Lukaku there is mounting pressure on the young forward’s shoulders, but the former Malaga man has said that he won’t have a target despite having high expectations of himself.
“I have very, very high expectations of myself,” he explained. “But I don’t want to put a number on my targets because if I don’t make it then it would be a failure.
“But I am very young and I am willing to work very, very hard and my main goal is to help the team and then scoring as many goals as possible.””
The Everton boss signed Ramirez on a four-year-deal after triggering the Spaniards release clause worth over £5 million.
In addition to pre-season friendlies, Sandro has already made two competitive appearances in the Merseyside club’s Europa League third round qualifiers against Ruzomberok over recent weeks where Koeman’s squad won 1-0 in both games.
In other Everton news, a Premier League side have expressed their interest in signing this Toffees striker.