by Andrew Doulton - 23rd January 2016
The Wonderkid being reviewed today is Sandro Ramirez of Barcelona. Sandro has been on the fringes of the Barcelona first team for the last couple of the years, he has also represented Spain as a youth international. It must be difficult for any young player to gain game time for their senior team, especially when that player is on Barcelona’s books. Sandro has however been gradually getting more game time for Barcelona over the last two seasons and he is only 20 years old.
Although Sandro came through from the Barcelona youth ranks he was actually born in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. He played for the UD Las Palmas U14s youth team up until the 2009 before moving to the famous Barcelona academy La Masia. He made his debut for the Barcelona first team just after his 19th Birthday against Villarreal. He would then go on to score his first goal against Ajax in the Champions league the following month.
Sandro is predominately a Centre Forward but he has had to adapt his game to playing on the wing where he has gained most of his opportunities in both the Barcelona B and the Barcelona first team. This has obviously affected the young strikers conversion rate, which stands at 22 goals in 92 games across both teams. Sandro has already played more games this year in La Liga than he did over the whole of last season, so things are going in the right direction. He is known for his ability in the air, but he is also has very good athletic abilities and also good technical ability. It is these attributes that have helped Sandro playing out wide on the wing.
The biggest obstacle to Sandro gaining more game time at Barcelona is obviously the fact that Barcelona already have Messi, Saurez and Neymar. In those three you could say that Barcelona have three of the best forwards in the world which are used out wide and through the middle. If that was not bad enough, Sandro has to compete with Munir, another highly talented forward who is performing well when he is given his opportunities.
From what I have seen of Sandro and the countless videos that are out there, Sandro could potentially be a lethal striker in the future. It has been reported recently that a host of clubs are trying to purchase hin including Tottenham, Swansea and Newcastle United. We believe he would be an excellent signing for any of these clubs and he would be more likely to play in the position where he could be most deadly, upfront. It is for this reason that we believe a move would probably be the best option for Sandro at this stage in his career. We all remember what happened when Morrata was sold to Juventus, he has now gone on to become one of the most in demand strikers in Europe. We believe he really could go on to be one of the finest strikers in the future, but a move may be required to achieve that potential.