Why Newcastle United Should Sign Sandro Ramirez In The Summer
Interest in Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez keeps on mounting. The 21-year old has been a long-term target for a lot of Premier League sides while also receiving interest from Spanish sides for his signature. Last week, the Independent reported that newly promoted Newcastle United also made an enquiry for the Spaniard amid reports that the Toffees are close to sealing his signature.
Newcastle are in the market to bolster their striking options in the summer after having made it back to the Premier League, as they were crowned champions of the EFL Championship.
Manager Rafael Benitez has the likes of Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy at his disposal, but believes that he needs to add more quality to help his side put up a strong performance upon their return to the top division. Gayle may have been the club’s top scorer in his debut season, but his past struggles in the Premier League with Crystal Palace are well documented, whereas Mitrovic and Murphy cannot be relied on to lead the attack week in week out in the top flight.
Hence, a new striker becomes a top priority for Benitez and Newcastle in the summer. Benitez seems to have cast his eyes on talents in his homeland and has identified Sandro as a possible solution.
The former Barcelona academy graduate has been in excellent form for the Andalusian outfit this term, having joined from Barcelona last summer. In his debut campaign for Malaga, Sandro finished the season with a total of 16 goals from 31 games across all competitions and has also chalked up 5 assists.
Despite his tender age, Sandro has displayed all traits of growing into a formidable striker. The 21-year old has the pace upfront to run in behind defenders and has shown that he has the confidence to take on his man. In 30 La Liga appearances this season, the Spaniard has attempted a total of 51 take-ons and has been successful on 24 occasions, indicating that he backs himself to get past his man with the ball at his feet.
Much like most players who come through the famed La Masia academy of Barcelona, the 21-year old is also a sleek passer of the ball and has the ability to play his teammates through on goal from dangerous positions. Apart from that, he has the physicality needed to hold on to the ball and bring his teammates into the game, thus making him an all-round forward. His prowess from set-pieces and long-range shots is also an asset.
Sandro signed a three-year contract with Malaga at the time of signing, but he will be available on the cheap as a report from Spanish outlet Sport claimed that there is a £5million release clause in his contract. The youngster has no experience outside Spain and there are good chances that he might struggle to make the transition from the La Liga to the Premier League. But at a fee of just £5 million, if he manages to produce the form that he has shown, he can turn out to be a great addition for Newcastle, making him a risk worth taking for the Tyneside outfit.