Tarashaj honoured in Switzerland

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Shani Tarashaj was named as the Swiss League's Best Youngster for 2015 at an awards ceremony last night.

The 21-year-old forward was signed by Everton last month in a 3m deal and then loaned back to Grasshopper Zurich where his performances this season have been acknowledged with this gong.  

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Gavin Johnson
1 Posted 02/02/2016 at 23:57:28
Looking forward to watching him next season. He looks like a talented exciting player who could make an immediate impact.
Frank Wade
2 Posted 03/02/2016 at 00:31:44
Wow, sounds good, along with Niasse's exploits in Russia, we look to have some exciting attacking times ahead. Just need some boring solid Begovic, Shawcross, Huth types now to back them up, so they don't toil in vain.
Anthony Dwyer
3 Posted 03/02/2016 at 01:36:58
Hey frank (2), I've said it before and I will say it again, I'm no Roberto Martinez fan.

That said, I'm not convinced we need to buy boring to solid us up.

We have Barry and McCarthy for that, with Besic starting to stake a claim, furthermore we have Funes Mori and Jags as a solid defensive pair, plus John Stones who is frighteningly talented defensively, despite recent criticism.

We must replace Howard, Robles may or may not be the answer.

But the biggest person needed to start to show a boring side is Roberto, and despite my disliking to him, I will admit he has us scoring goals for fun.

If he can shore the back line up we could be a genuine threat.

The latest signing may prove to be a missing piece attacking wise as, for me I still think we are a little to reliant on the goals of Lukaku and the assists of Deulofeu, Barkley chips in, but it almost stops there.

Also never know, next season may prove to be a break through season for one or more of Tarashaj, Rodriguez, or Henen.
Harold Matthews
4 Posted 03/02/2016 at 03:41:41
Returning this lad to Grasshopper was a grand idea. Not sure Martinez will take a gamble with him right now but we’ll see. Youngsters have certainly lit up the Premier League this season. Kane, Deli Alli, Lukaku, Stones, Ward-Prowse, Lingard, Martial, Sterling, Ibe, Can, Bellerin, Berahino, Son, Mbemba, Ake, Galloway, Deulofeu, etc, etc. All very exciting and much to look forward to.
Dennis Ng
5 Posted 03/02/2016 at 04:19:04
No he would not, that's for sure. If consistently getting negative results (draws and losses) is not reason for him to switch up formations, tactics and personnel, then nothing can change his selections.
Geoff Evans
6 Posted 03/02/2016 at 08:01:01
Did anyone see that German CH playing for Sunderland last night? Looks like great piece of business.

Have a look Mr M.

Jim Bennings
7 Posted 03/02/2016 at 09:01:39
The problem is though Anthony, Jagielka is 34 in August and Funes Mori has had his lapses.

In summer, John Stones will be gone and we are going to need to sign a relatively experienced central defender. This doesn’t really have to cost the world.

One thing though, at Premier League standard you can’t have inexperienced kids in defence if you really want your team to be winning and being well drilled.

Stones is a very very promising footballer but as we’ve seen even with him on more than one occasion, he would be all the better for three or four more years under his belt, sadly we are getting the rough diamond of John Stones whilst in four years someone will be getting the finished polished diamond.

Fran Mitchell
8 Posted 03/02/2016 at 15:42:42
Great stuff, anyone know his style of play? Is he based on pace, technique, positioning etc? Is better out wide or through the middle?

Considering he’s got this award ahead of Embolo, who many tout as a guaranteed soon to be superstar with a £20M+ valuation, it certainly seems positive.

Chris De Costa
9 Posted 03/02/2016 at 16:54:47
It would be interesting to see how much John Stones would have progressed defensively as a player had Moyes still been in charge. He certainly wouldn’t've been very pleased with some of the overplaying he does at times.

I get the feeling that Martinez himself actively encourages him to play that way. But like Jim B says, someone else will get the finished polished diamond.

Anthony Dwyer
11 Posted 04/02/2016 at 02:01:03
Jim 7.

Completely agree mate, Jags is pushing on and Mori has his issues.

That said, many a defender is pushing on but stay in and around a first team until around 36-37, hopefully Jags will be like this were for another year or two he is a first team player followed by a third season of being back up.

Mori is a defender with qualities that should stand him in good stead in the EPL.

What we have to realise is even though Mori has looked a little suspect at times, this is his first season over in the EPL, and all in all he’s is not doing too bad.

Loveren, Sako both across the park have struggled much more and both cost over double Funes Mori’s fee.

Ottimendi and Mangala at city have cost treble and are certainly no better.

We have some fine young defenders making a name for themselves, excluding Stones, namely Galloway, Holgate and Browning who are all centre halves.

Maybe the huge fees that are being branded around for Stones may be something we have to consider, but maybe we need a shift in mentality, maybe we could have Stones in four years as the polished diamond.

Instead of doing an Everton and searching for a new manager in the lower regions of the Premier League, maybe we could grow a set and try punching above our weight.

Let’s face it, the EPL is the place to be and there are top managers about waiting on jobs.

Bayern will have Anchiloti, Man City will have Pep, Madrid and Barca won’t change managers yet.

Chelsea have Hiddink, if they sack him, we could go for him.

LVG may stay at Utd.

Spurs, West Ham (attractive due to new stadium), Arsenal and the shite all have managers who will stay.

So how many other attractive jobs are out there I ask?

Manuel Pelligreeni needs a job, as does Jose Mourinho.

Ronald Koeman may jump ship as Poccichino did from Southampton.

De Boar at Ajax wants a EPL job.

But going back to Jose, some people will think its nuts, but if you look at it practically, he is going to inherit a decent squad that is struggling, it's almost a no-lose situation.

He could give us 3 years, win a cup, challenge for the Champions league positions, and still be available to jump ship if a bigger club comes up.

Big and bold is my cry.


Les Martin
12 Posted 05/02/2016 at 00:32:58
If you read the reports Martinez thinks he will be a player to get the fans off their seat ( in time).
At 20 and fairly slight, he will need a few pukka pies and a bit of building up before he is ready for the Premier League so don't let impatience get in the way of potentially a very exciting player.

Think Osman's quick feet and passing ability, but with more pace, and the boy shoots on site. His father instilled this in him from young age as not to give a defender the chance of a block, so expect a few knocked in from distance.

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