’22-year-old still adjusting’ - Mark Lawrenson predicts Everton v Tottenham
By Derek Smithson
Mark Lawrenson has predicted that Everton will lose to Tottenham in their upcoming Premier League clash and has picked out their lack of attacking options as a problem.
BBC pundit Lawrenson has highlighted summer signing Sandro Ramirez as someone that has made a slow start this season following his summer arrival from Malaga.
The 22-year-old is yet to get off the mark during his first four games for the Toffees and the centre-forward has a lot of responsibility on him.
Ronald Koeman is looking to replace the goals that Romelu Lukaku scored for the Merseyside club last season and Sandro has been tasked with playing the number nine role, while the likes of Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson play supporting roles.
Lawrenson has tipped Everton to suffer a 2-0 home loss on Saturday when they welcome Spurs to Goodison Park.
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“Everton are no pushovers, but I am not sure who is going to prise open the Spurs defence,” Lawrenson wrote for BBC Sport. “Sandro Ramirez is still adjusting to the English game and they seem a little short in attack.”
Everton will be hoping to consolidate a decent start to the season after picking up four points from their opening three games.
Koeman opted against splashing the money on a recognised central striker to replace Lukaku and instead went for several attacking options.
Sandro is experiencing his first taste of English football this season and had never previously played outside of his homeland Spain.
The attacker impressed last season for La Liga side Malaga, scoring 16 goals and supplying five assists in just 31 appearances.
He will be hoping he can get off the mark at the weekend against Spurs, but Mauricio Pochettino’s side are renowned for having one of the best defences in the division.
In other Everton news, Harry Redknapp has delivered his verdict on the club’s midfielder deal.