New Everton striker Sandro Ramirez says Premier League is 'perfect' for him
Young striker relishing challenge of English football
Sandro Ramirez believes his style makes him a perfect fit for the Premier League and said: “I think I will adjust quickly”.
Everton triggered the £5.2m release clause in the striker’s contract with Malaga to sign him earlier this summer.
Sandro had never played outside of La Liga after coming through at Barcelona before switching to Malaga 12 months ago.
But the Spain under-21 international is confident that he can cope with the rigours of English football as he prepares to test himself in the Premier League for the first time this weekend when Stoke City visit Goodison.
“I have come with high expectations but also willing to work very, very hard and so far it has been good,” Sandro said.
“I have had a lot of support from team-mates, from Ronald Koeman and the technical staff but I know, coming from a different league, it is hard to adapt but I came with a very, very open mind and willing to work very, very hard.
“I think I will adjust quickly.”
He added: “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, the league is perfect for me.”
Sandro made his competitive debut in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg against Ruzomberok last month and started in the return game last week.
The young forward scored his first goal in royal blue on Sunday when Everton faced Sevilla in a friendly, finishing off a flowing move to open the scoring with just over 30 seconds gone at Goodison.
Ronald Koeman hopes that Sandro can help shoulder at least part of the scoring burden that was carried by 25-goal Romelu Lukaku last season.
“Every game is different but as a striker you live for goals, so to score your first is the most important thing and I hope that this is the first of many,” he said.
“I have very, very high expectations of myself 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.”