Everton keen on keeping Olsen

Thursday, 31 December, 2020 13comments  |  Jump to last
Everton are looking to make Robin Olsen's loan move from AS Roma permanent and hope to tie a €6m deal for the Swedish international.

Olsen joined the Blues on a season-long loan transfer deadline day last October as Carlo Ancelotti sought to bring in competition for Jordan Pickford.

It is being reported that the club agreed a fee with Roma in the event they wanted to keep him long-term and both the Echo and Paul Joyce of The Times are carrying quotes from Ancelotti suggesting Everton will follow through: “I think we are going to talk with him and his agent to find a solution for him to be here permanently.”  

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Alex Gray
1 Posted 31/12/2020 at 23:34:35
Solid Number 2 and, for the fee, we can't complain.
Si Pulford
2 Posted 01/01/2021 at 00:44:42
You can’t beat a ‘solid number two’ Alex. I’d say it’s the minimum expectation of a number two or you’re in all kinds of trouble.
Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 01/01/2021 at 09:33:53
When is he out of contract with Roma and would they consider a part exchange with Lössl or Virginia going the other way?

But, if we've agreed a fee already, not much can be done.

Derek Knox
4 Posted 01/01/2021 at 10:35:31
I would have said good business, but he has shown he has a touch of the Pickford's in him, although he's not a bad second keeper, I'm sure we could do better (Romero).

I still can't fathom why we got Jonas Lössl, which seemed to be good business at the time, free transfer, Premier League experience etc. Since he has been with us I don't recall him having a single game. He was loaned back to Huddersfield at one point.

Why he has appeared on the bench alongside Olsen (2 keepers) is another mystery, hopefully someone can explain what's going here with that one.

Tony Everan
5 Posted 01/01/2021 at 11:01:37
Olsen has done alright, but I don't think we have seen enough of him yet so that he can properly prove himself. At £5 million, he has to be a good buy as a really good back up keeper and someone who can challenge the No 1.

I think Pickford improved slightly this last few months, but has a long way to go to convince me he is the long-term answer. There's still hope but still too many awkward moments and poor decision-making for my liking and if Carlo starts Olsen instead of Pickford I am not disappointed. That says a lot about our supposed No 1.

Annika Herbert
6 Posted 01/01/2021 at 13:43:13
Why would we ever consider swapping a promising young keeper (Virginia) for an older, unproven keeper? Olsen is okay but he is in no way a top keeper.
Derek Taylor
7 Posted 01/01/2021 at 14:13:05
Tony @ 5 ; you sound like all those who are just waiting for Jordan to' drop one' and are disappointed when he doesn't !

Just how many goals has he cost us this season, I'm seeking to recall the last one !-to be honest !

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 01/01/2021 at 17:04:02
Annika(#6); Why would you have four keepers with only two, on a rotational basis, getting a game at any level?
Bill Gienapp
9 Posted 02/01/2021 at 21:22:39
The key to a good backup keeper is whether you'd feel comfortable with him playing for an extended spell if your first choice gets injured, and I think you could make that claim in Olsen's favor, at least.

Also, while I doubt Olsen would ever represent an upgrade on Pickford, he's at least good enough to challenge him, which is more than you could say about Stek, Robles and, especially, Lossl in recent years.

Martin Berry
10 Posted 03/01/2021 at 12:49:51
I think he is an excellent keeper and a bargain.
Swedens no 1 and lots of experience.
Michael Kenrick
11 Posted 05/01/2021 at 11:13:48
The latest scuttlebutt on this one seems to be cross-linkage with our fantastic ball-player Bernard Anício Caldeira Duarte going to Roma in a mutually beneficial double deal:

“Yes, that’s possible” – Agent confirms Everton double deal could happen in January

Derek Knox
12 Posted 05/01/2021 at 18:43:10
Michael, yes I have seen that story too, as we got Bernard on a free it sort of makes sense. Plus the fact that Fonseca is at the helm at Roma now, it lends itself to more credibility. Personally I like the lad, but he isn't cut out for the cut and thrust of the Premiership. If he stays on his feet he can pull off a few tricks and good passes and shots, but I'm afraid they're all to rare to see. The other main factor is that he is allegedly on £120K/week, which is not great value for money when balanced against the amount of game time he gets.
Brian Wilkinson
13 Posted 08/01/2021 at 12:38:43
Makes sense, been impressed with the few games he has played.

Well as Pickford is, I feel relaxed, when crosses come in and Olsen is between the sticks.

Also makes sense to send Bernard in the other direction, trimming our wage bill and not having to pay anything for Olsen.

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