Everton have completed their fourth signing of the summer window – and it’s more good news for fantasy football managers.
Spanish youngster Sandro Ramirez has joined the Toffees from Malaga, signing a four-year deal with the club.
Dream Team 2017/18
Ronald Koeman has been one of the busiest managers in Europe this summer, splashing the cash on new players as his club prepares for the new season.
The Dutchman has already overseen the big-money signings of Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen and Henry Onyekuru prior to Ramirez, with Burnley’s Michael Keane also completing his move to Goodison Park this week.
However, the Spain under-21 striker will enjoy slightly less pressure than his fellow newbies, as he’ll simply provide cover for star forward Romelu Lukaku (if he remains an Everton player beyond this summer, that is).
Sandro, who scored 16 goals in 31 appearances for Malaga last season, began his career at Barcelona and made his first-team debut for the Catalan giants against Villarreal in August 2014 when he was only 19.
He went on to make 32 appearances for them, but joined Malaga last season to secure more first-team opportunities.
In a progressive season, Ramirez’s biggest moment came against Barca, helping Malaga win 2-0 with Ramirez scoring the first through a superb solo effort.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Securing the 21-year-old is a decent coup for Koeman, with Atletico Madrid seriously considering a move for the forward – which was halted by the small matter of their transfer ban.
The youngster’s 14 goals in La Liga last season accumulated in a 7.07 rating on WhoScored, the providers for Dream Team’s rating system.
To put that into content, Sandro scored more goals in the league last season than Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Jamie Vardy.
At a big club like Everton, Sandro can blossom into a fine Premier League goalscorer.
If you fancy sticking him in your Dream Team next season, then we estimate he’ll have a similar to Sadio Mane (£4.5m) and Son Heung-min (£4.0m).
When can I sign up?
You can start getting your teams in as early as July 7 2017 – some five weeks before the Premier League season gets underway.
That gives you a nice long time to monitor the transfer market and choose your team accordingly.