Oh look, another successful Spanish club near the top of the table is registering interest for Sandro. A few weeks ago, it was Valencia after the proven Spanish goalscorer, and now it’s Sevilla, who despite early season challenges sit in fifth place only two points below Real Madrid.
The young Spanish striker was wonderful in La Liga last year, scoring 14 league goals for Malaga. However, as is well documented, he’s been utterly wasted here at Everton, as our managers this season have refused to play him in positions that suit his skill set.
The upper table clubs in Spain, however, seem to realize what Everton does not, as they have been sniffing around the former Barcelona man. According to Radio Marca, Sevilla, Valencia, and Villarreal are all interested, though it appears as though a loan for now is the most likely course of action.
There will, of course, be that contingent of fans who think that the English Premier League is so high and far above the La Liga that Sandro doesn’t have to possess a great amount of quality to be as successful and coveted as he is there, but taking that position just ignores the facts.
Sevilla have won the Europa League five times since 2006 and have raked in two Copa del Reys in that time, representing the kind of on-field success both foreign and domestic that Everton would love to have. Valencia are the one of the very biggest clubs in all of Spain, and their current project is geared to returning the club to the place that saw them reach two straight Champion’s League finals and multiple La Liga championships in the early 2000s. Villarreal is a club on the ascension and has recently done very well in Europe.
In Sandro we have a player who is well thought of in one of the best national team setups in the world. We have a proven top-flight scorer, and we have a guy who is only going to get better. If these deals with Sevilla and others fall through, we need to go ahead as a club and give him the opportunities he needs to reach his potential here at Everton.
The Blues have been linked with Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi lately, and maybe some sort of a swap deal could be worked out here as well.