Saints debut: Arsenal (A) – Saturday 15th September 2012
Former clubs: Peñarol, Bologna
Ramírez joined Southampton for a club-record fee in August 2012, signing a five-year contract having moved from Italian side Bologna.
The Uruguayan had moved into European football in 2010 when he signed for the Serie A outfit from Peñarol in his homeland. In that short time he became a key player for Bologna as they finished 9th and 16th in Italy’s top flight during his time there.
Comfortable both on the wing and as a central attacking option, six-foot-tall Gastón is an exciting player who likes to drive forward with purpose and has the ability to create opportunities for his teammates.
Ramírez has already been capped a number of times by his native Uruguay at senior level having made his debut aged 19 during a 7-1 win over Indonesia in October 2010. He was also involved at the London 2012 Olympic Football Tournament, playing against Team GB and current Saints teammate Jack Cork.
Ramírez impressed throughout that game at the Millennium Stadium, going close to hitting a last-minute equaliser with a rising shot from 25 yards out which clattered the crossbar. Prior to that match, the Uruguayan had already caught the eye with a stunning free-kick that levelled the scores against the United Arab Emirates in the opening game of the tournament at Old Trafford.
In 2011/12 Ramírez made 33 league appearances for the Italian club, scoring eight times and making four assists as Bologna secured a top-half finish in Serie A. Overall, he played for the Rossoblù on 60 occasions, finding the back of the net 15 times.
His first season with Saints was interrupted somewhat by injury, though he did still manage to score five goals in 26 appearances before his campaign was brought to a premature end by a red card in a disappointing defeat to West Bromwich Albion in April 2013.