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Tarashaj underwent a medical on Monday after agreeing personal terms and is believed to have cost Everton around £3m. A delay in paperwork had pushed the deal back by 24 hours but the club completed formalities today on his four-and-a-half-year contract before unveiling the new signing at Finch Farm.
The Blues agreed to a condition of the deal allowing the 20-year-old to finish the season in Switzerland on loan so he could complete his national service.
“I first found out Everton were interested two or three months ago and now I am here," he told evertontv. “For me that is the the best thing about Mr Martinez wanting me - his belief in young players.
“I heard that he was a good manager and works well with young players individually – this is what I want to make me a better player."
Tarashaj, whom David Prentice in the Echo says is regarded in his homeland as being a better prospect than Xherdan Shaqiri was at the same age, made his debut for Grasshopper in 2014 but his career in their first team didn't ignite until earlier this season when he scored five goals in four starts. That earned him a new four-year contract in September and attracted the attention of Everton's chief scout, Kevin Reeves, as well as the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan.
Tarashaj is of Albanian descent but Swiss born and has been capped by Switzerland at U21 level. According to his Wikipedia entry, Albania haven't given up hope of eventually persuading him to represent their country at senior level.
Roberto Martinez was pleased to get his second signing for the month completed after the arrival of Matty Foulds and he said he is looking forward to when Tarashaj will join the group full time in the summer.
“Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future," Martinez said. "We’re delighted to have found a young player who believes our Club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career.
“He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad."
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1 Posted 07/01/2016 at 16:03:15
However, if as reported that this signing is all the business we will be doing in the January window, then I will be really angry if we sell Naismith without immediate replacement.
Bringing in untried youngsters who will not be part of the rest of this season is OK if we retain our squad. But if Naismith who has value is allowed to leave then we are surely a weaker squad. We now have Cleverley, McCarthy and Coleman injured from the defence and midfield. No one is sure about Lukaku's knock yet.
Once more we are taking chances before we strengthen...what is up with this boardroom ?
4 Posted 07/01/2016 at 16:38:25
Can we afford to really sell Naismith this month now?.
5 Posted 07/01/2016 at 16:51:57
6 Posted 07/01/2016 at 16:53:34
If we could get him on a Lukaku-style loan and nab him in the summer it would look a pretty impressive and more balanced front line.
7 Posted 07/01/2016 at 17:21:53
How on earth would you know? I'm completely with you that we need to sign striking cover for Lukaku but I'm encouraged to see us landing this kind of highly-regarded talent at a young age.
We've done a great job of scouting fantastic young defensive talent here in England but haven't picked up many gems from the Continent, in part because it's harder to get them to relocate and the German clubs tend to have closer ties. If this is the start of us getting this kind of player in young and cheap, then I'm all for it.
8 Posted 07/01/2016 at 17:25:26
Besic, Galloway and Deulofeu all have something else in common; they are exceptionally strong characters.
I wouldn't be surprised if the same goes for Foulds, Rodriguez and this lad. Welcome to the club.
9 Posted 07/01/2016 at 17:43:38
Apparently a report in Germany from his time at Dortmund suggests he is rather weak mentally, hence why the Germans were happy to send him back.
I don't have qualms with all these future prodigies but if we really want to get anywhere anytime soon we need players in their 20's, experienced who have either plied their trade in the Premier League or in the top leagues abroad and have some pedigree.
10 Posted 07/01/2016 at 18:02:28
11 Posted 07/01/2016 at 18:12:29
14 Posted 07/01/2016 at 18:32:33
15 Posted 07/01/2016 at 18:35:40
16 Posted 07/01/2016 at 20:04:04
But he is part of the 'Martinez Project' so will have a couple of seasons to prove his worth.
17 Posted 07/01/2016 at 20:12:19
Anyway, this 5'-9" lad is a secondary striker in the Kone / Naismith mould. Average speed, average strength but quite skilful with an eye for goal. Of course, the chief scout and Martinez can see things in him that we can't. His intelligence and character being top of the list.
He is also dead right about Martinez giving him individual coaching. Besic went the same route and has spoken about it. How Martinez helped him build up his physical strength and coached him for the No 6 role. We all saw the results against City although the No 6 role will not be properly implemented till McCarthy returns and Barry is allowed to be subbed after 60 minutes or so.
We now have competition between Henen, Leandro Rodriguez and Shani Tarashaj with Unsworth and Joe Royle searching for Academy lads to better them. In all my years, I've never known such a buzz around the youngsters. Most will move to smaller clubs but hopefully one or two will make it with Everton.
I watched the England U19s not so long ago. We had both fullbacks, Kenny and Connolly with Ledson coming on in midfield for the 2nd half. The rich clubs had no-one. Our boys excelled and Connolly was MotM.
18 Posted 07/01/2016 at 20:21:14
Fully behind Martinez in building for the future by buying young and developing them to play in the club style it was a decent strategy for Arsenal.
There's always a richer club trying to buy your finished articles (Ronaldo, Bale, Suarez), so just make sure you've got more coming through.
Unless we've got money to burn, we can't buy a Lukaku every window.
19 Posted 07/01/2016 at 20:23:58
20 Posted 07/01/2016 at 21:56:37
We now, unlike previously to be sure, have what I would deem a "business plan." We're buying young and affordably kids who our scouts and manager feel have the quality to rise to the next level. They either make it with us, get sold for one hell of a profit, or get discarded with very, very little economic exposure.
We're creating a production line. It's absolutely fantastic business, fantastic business acumen, and a fantastic way for a club our size to move forward.
Long, long may this type of signing continue and if you can't see more than the next game into the future opposed to 3 to 5 years ahead, I suppose you won't understand this approach and will be underwhelmed.
21 Posted 07/01/2016 at 22:31:17
What about my main point? If Naismith is allowed to go, should we not have a signing in place before letting him go?
I see this kid from Albania as perhaps future potential but not ready for the first team until he has spent some time with us at the end of the year. Even then he may not make it.
Henen is with Fleetwood so is out of the picture. Holgate and Foulds look good and both have English league. experience and are more ready to play.
If we let Naisy go before we sign someone ready for the first team then I find this ridiculous.
22 Posted 07/01/2016 at 22:42:29
The club's financial position compared to even a few years ago is absurd in comparison. And having some of these players break through will keep it that way, even if the Premier League money bubble bursts at some point.
23 Posted 07/01/2016 at 23:28:12
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25 Posted 08/01/2016 at 01:01:48
It's not exciting he's staying with Grasshopper. I agree. And digressing, what kind of fucking name is that for a football club??
It's exciting we have a plan which adheres to a "conveyor belt of potential and young talent."
Regarding Naismith he's got to go. I love the guy but he's not playing and we'll do better to save on his wages and sign young kids like we've done with Tara.
I don't see the criminality of letting go of Naismith. Emotionally I've never seen a guy work as hard and I love him. But our lineup is just fine without him.
If Lukaku got injured and was out for weeks, I personally feel we're no worse off with Kone leading the line than Naisy. I'm also entirely comfortable with Mirallas popping up top. Holgate would work fine in a pinch.
The thrust of my post is the approach now being taken by Everton. It's one eye to the future. We really are buying well it's like prospecting. And some of these lauded kids will come good. I think it's a fantastic business model for us. And Tara is a shining example of that.
26 Posted 08/01/2016 at 02:13:35
I think he'll be used more as wing that comes inside and links or 10 rather than an out an out striker
27 Posted 08/01/2016 at 02:15:14
Of course if we had a long term injury to Lukaku we might struggle a bit but Naismith is hardly a like for like replacement anyway and I think we have enough talent in Kone and Mirallas who are just as effective as Naismith.
Of course what we really need now is a replacement for Kone as a more reliable back for Lukaku but going back a few seasons we would have been delighted with Kone leading the line, back then it was Jelavic, and before Jelavic... Count Dracula??, Tim Cahill/Fellaini pressed into service? We've come along way boys.
28 Posted 08/01/2016 at 03:11:22
29 Posted 08/01/2016 at 07:08:35
Pity we couldn't get Demerai Gray from Birmingham.
30 Posted 08/01/2016 at 11:32:51
I am sick of us letting players leave before bringing players in. I want us to use the money that was not spent on Yarmolenko on a player ready for the first team.
31 Posted 08/01/2016 at 19:50:38
But if he's an, erm, "fox in the box" who's he playing with? We must play one up front at every age group?
32 Posted 08/01/2016 at 20:13:19
33 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:16:57
He's a player I'd love us to sign too and mentioned a few times on he forum. I think he fits the brief for a Martinez signing (a young rising star with bags of potential) we've been credited as one of the clubs who will be in for him. And like Sam Byram, he's in the last season of his contract so only a development fee to pay this summer.
The way Rom's playing I think the possibility of him leaving is pretty certain unless we actually win a cup and the mooted American takeover happens.
I think Embolo could potentially be a good replacement for Rom if he was to leave. But whether he goes or not, I think Dembele should also be signed whatever the outcome.
35 Posted 08/01/2016 at 22:38:41
That's Bobby for you. A fine scout and youth development coach who finds himself managing a Premier League team. A man for one-off successes in cups but not for consistent competitiveness.
I hope he gets it all joined up and urgently. That would be nice.
37 Posted 12/01/2016 at 02:21:00
I actually saw more to like watching this kid coolly slot them in than I did watching Yarmolenko with all his fancy step-overs, turns and drag backs.
If he's got the right attitude (and that certainly seems to be something that most of Bobby's signings have in common), then I have high hopes that we will see him banging them in at Goodison in the 2016-17 season.
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