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Robin Olsen 33

Swedish international goalkeeper Robin Olsen was Everton's second deal of Transfer Deadline Day in October 2020. The 30-year-old was picked up on a season-long loan from AS Roma where he had recently been made available for transfer having spent the previous season on loan at Cagliari.

After spending the first eight years of his career in his native Sweden, ending with a three-year stint at his hometown club, Malmö, Olsen moved to PAOK in Greece in 2015 but was loaned to FC Copenhagen in 2016 before signing for the Danish club on a permanent basis that year.

Roma signed him from Denmark for €12m following his exploits during the 2018 World Cup in Russia where he helped his country reach the last eight but his move to Italy didn't go as planned.

He played the first season in Rome but was sent out on loan to Cagliari in August last year during which time he was suspended for four matches for a fracas with Gianluca Lapadula of Lecce. But his contract with AS Roma runs through 2023.

Olsen, who had been capped 38 times by Sweden at the time, was brought in on loan by Marcel Brands and Carlo Ancelotti to provide competition for Jordan Pickford who had been in unpredictable form in 2020. He made his debut when Pickford was dropped to the bench for the Premier League game at Newcastle in the Premier League, but Carlo Ancelotti made it clear this was only for one match.

However, as Pickford's erratic goalkeeping continued to cause concern, Ancelotti started a period of squad rotation between the two players, with Olsen becoming a more familiar sight in goal for more Premier League games.

In February 2021, Olsen and his family were subjected to a terrifying robbery at their home in Altrincham when a gang armed with machetes threatened them before making off with jewellery and a designer watch. The horrific ordeal may have left deeper scars, with his family on the verge of returning to Sweden but they were moved into alternative accommodation by the club while security was upgraded at their house.  This followed a similar but possibly unrealted burgulary in Crosby when a safe was taken from manager Carlo Ancelotti's home by burglars. 

And Olsen would not play again for over a month after the burgulary, damage to an oblique abdominal muscle being given as the reason. He recovered from that injury and was given two more starts by Ancelotti, against Crystal Palace and Brighton.

A noticably improved and far less erratic Jordan Pickford was reisntated for the remaining 8 games of the season, Olsen on the bench often being bizarrely accompaied by a second substitute goalkeeper in the form of Jaoa Virginia as Ancelotti struggled to find enough warm bodies to make up the allowed number of 9 substitutes.

Robin Olsen left Everton in June 2021 at the end of his loan spell, expressing disappointment that he had not been played more for the club. There was plenty of talk from Italy that Roma were keen to continue the loan arrangement into 2021-22 after Olsen's impressive performances for Sweden in the delayed Euro 2020 competition.

FactFile

Squad number 33
Position Goalkeeper
Nationality Swedish
Born Malmö
Date of birth 8 January 1990
Height 6'-5" (1.96 m)
Joined 5 October 2020
Joined from AS Roma
Signed under Carlo Ancelotti
Transfer fee Loan
Contract duration 1 year
Contract expired June 2021
Full debut v Newcastle Utd (A)
1 November 2020
Loan Ended 4 June 2021
Previous Clubs IF Limhamn Bunkeflo
IFK Klagshamn
Malmö FF
PAOK
Copenhagen (loan)
AS Roma
Cagliari (loan)
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Everton Career

Season Squad Number League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2020-21 33 7 (0) 0 4 (0) 0 11 (0) 0
  Totals 7 (0) 0 4 (0) 0 11 (0) 0


Previous Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2019-20 Cagliari [L] 17 (0) 2 (0) 0 0
2018-21 AS Roma 27 (0) 8 (0) 0 0
2016-18 FC Copenhagen [L] 70 (0) 17 (0) 0 0
2015-18 PAOK Salonika 11 (0) 2 (0) 0 0
2012-15 Malmo 51 (2) 6 (0) 0 0
[L] = Loan Spells

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