It was a matter of irritation for many Everton fans last season that forward Arouna Kone took the coveted number nine shirt at the Toffees. For a player that didn’t feature much and his limited abilities, the fact that he was wearing such a prestigious number that had sat on the shoulders like true greats in the club’s history didn’t go well.
Now it looks with Kone’s deparature and Sandro Ramirez’s impending arrival at Goodison Park, football reporter Jim White tweeted that Sandro will be wearing that ‘9’ for the 2017-18 season.
Deal done - striker Sandro Ramirez joins @Everton from Malaga, five year deal, number 9 shirt!— Jim White (@JimWhite) July 2, 2017
While White has not been the most reliable source in the past, especially regarding Everton news, there’s good reason to trust him on this matter considering majority owner Farhad Moshiri has chosen him as his unofficial spokesperson recently.
Among the legendary Toffees to have worn the ‘9’ in history are Dixie Dean, Tommy Lawton, Dave Hickson, Alex Young, Joe Royle, Bob Latchford, Andy Gray, Graeme Sharp and DUncan Ferguson.
Another interesting thing stated in this tweet is that Sandro is actually signing a five-year deal, not four years as previously reported. As we learned from the fiasco with Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, the longer term protects the club in contract negotiations that could pop up later.
All in all, it’s about time this seemingly straightforward transfer finally got put to bed especially with the busy schedule Everton have upcoming in the next couple of months.