By Abigail Withey
Ronald Koeman has revealed that centre-forward Sandro Ramirez is struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League because he simply needs “more time” to adjust.
The 22-year-old moved to Goodison Park from Malaga during the summer transfer window but has failed to score his debut goal for the club since joining.
The forward has featured in a majority of Everton’s matches across all competitions as he has made eight appearances for the club, but has only secured a single assist during the most recent clash against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
While many have been critical of the Spanish forward, his boss has spoken to him and has revealed that he simply needs a longer period to settle down.
“I’ve spoken to Sandro and he needs time,” Koeman explained in the press conference, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo [15.46, Thursday 21 September].
“You have so many examples of players coming into the Premier League from abroad and they need time.
“Even at the big clubs they get time. He’s only 22, the game in the Premier League is more physical and intensive and you need time to adapt.”
Ramirez could feature on Saturday against Bournemouth in the club’s Premier League showdown as they prepare to end their losing streak in the competition.
While the former Malaga goal scorer has struggled to adjust, a number of Koeman’s summer signings have quickly adapted to the pace of the Premier League.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen have particularly settled in at Goodison Park and have both made their mark in the squad so far.
Ramirez has big boots to fill as the club appear to still be suffering after top the club’s top goal scorer last season Romelu Lukaku packed up and joined Manchester United.
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