Redknapp: New signing is a liability and sums up what is wrong with Everton
By Harry Sykes
Jamie Redknapp has panned Everton summer signing Sandro Ramirez in the Mail as a big disappointment who is ill equipped for the Premier League.
The Spaniard was signed for just £6million by the Merseysiders after they triggered the release clause in his contract at Malaga.
It was widely regarded as a coup at the time given Ramirez’s goalscoring record in La Liga last season and his pedigree as a Barcelona academy product and Spain Under-21 international.
But the 22-year-old has had a difficult start to life at Everton and is yet to open his account for the club in the five matches he has played.
Redknapp has been unimpressed with the contribution of Ramirez and explained how the striker sums up what is wrong with Ronaldo Koeman’s side.
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“Everton may have splashed out almost £150million this summer but Koeman will have gone to bed on Saturday night bemoaning the lack of balance in his team,” wrote Redknapp in his weekly Mail column.
“Rather than replacing Romelu Lukaku, it seems Everton have tried to emulate neighbours Liverpool in spreading the goals around.
“Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen are all similar players who can thrive as No 10s but where is the target man?
“Think back to Joe Royle, Graeme Sharp, Duncan Ferguson. Everton fans love a commanding centre forward but Sandro Ramirez does not give them that presence at the top of the team.”
Everton lost 3-0 at home to Tottenham on Saturday and are 16th in the league after the opening four rounds of matches.