The cut-price deal Ronald Koeman engineered for Sandro Ramirez looked a handy piece of business at the time.
The striker could not replace Romelu Lukaku’s goals alone but he was seen as a useful back-up. As we know now, it didn’t work out that way.
Individually, Sandro had fitness issues and he was attempting to break into a team that collectively had problems in terms of pace and creativity.
Koeman paid with his job and Sam Allardyce took over, implementing the basic style that eventually saw him get the sack just months later. And it is fair to say that Sandro was not impressed with it either; he prefers the preferred approach at Real Sociedad.
Sandro told El Desmarque: “The style of football that suits me is played at Real Sociedad. At Everton, it’s about what I speak and what the team is playing, the style did not suit me.”
Is it any wonder? Allardyce’s direct, physical style starved strikers like Sandro, who feed off service into feet of opportunities.
Davy Klaassen spoke out against Big Sam recently too. So while Koeman must take the blame for their initial failings, Allardyce must also share it for failing to nurture clearly talented players; all while pursuing a deeply unpopular style of play.