There was a familiar face in the stands at La Rosaleda on Sunday - Everton manager Ronald Koeman was spotted watching Málaga's home meeting with Celta. Koeman was seen sat next to Ginés Carvajal, Sandro's agent, in what could have been a prearranged reunion to discuss the chances of the former Barcelona player's moving to Goodison over the summer.
Sandro, like Koeman, a set-piece specialist
The Canary Island-born forward joined Málaga last summer, and in spite of his ongoing injury problems, he has managed to score 16 goals in 28 games in official competition - some of them quite stunning strikes from distance. Like Koeman was in his playing days, he is a free-kick specialist - and his unstoppable strikes against Atlético in Week 10, Deportivo in Week 13, Sevilla in Week 16 and more recently against Granada really were a sight to behold. His tally in the league alone is 14 making him the team's top scorer and he has grabbed a couple more in the Copa del Rey.
While Koeman was watching, he provoked a penalty and scored Málaga's third and winning goal which moved Michel's men into the middle order. Sandro's contributions in guiding Málaga back to the safe part of the table have more than made up for the misfiring Charles who has had a disappointing season.
Spurs and Everton keen on bargain-priced Sandro
Newly-appointed coach Michel is getting the very best out of Sandro who has attracted interest from the Premier League with Everton and Tottenham keen to take him on for the new campaign. Sandro joined Málaga on a three-season deal in July last year after a frustrating time at Barcelona where he found himself unable to dislodge Messi, Neymar and Suárez from the Blaugrana attack.
Ginés Carvajal y Ronald Koeman. Cumbre por... pic.twitter.com/rN394q741k— Josh Moreno (@Jose__Moreno) 7 de mayo de 2017
Gool-la-zooo ⚽ Sandro with a set-piece special. Sergio Rico didn't even flinch. 4-1— AS English (@English_AS) 17 December 2016