Tarashaj named in provisional Swiss squad

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Everton's Shani Tarashaj is a step closer to realising his dream of playing at Euro2016 after he was named in Switzerland's initial 28-man squad for the tournament.

The 21-year-old will join up with his new team-mates on a full-time basis when the pre-season programme kicks off this summer after spending the last few months on loan at Grasshopper Zurich from where Roberto Martinez signed him in January.

Before then, however, Tarshaj hopes to be on the bus to France with the senior Swiss national team after impressing for their U21s over the past season.  

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Mark James
1 Posted 18/05/2016 at 18:52:26
Go on son!!
Barry Connor
2 Posted 18/05/2016 at 18:58:37
I had forgotten all about this lad !

Sounds like he continues to make good progress and it will be interesting to see how he will fit into the new regime when he comes to us for the start of next season.
Paul Kossoff
3 Posted 18/05/2016 at 18:59:31
Playing in the striker role for Grasshoppers, he is only five nine so won't be bullying defenders in the Premier League.

Let's hope whoever comes in as manager gives him and our other younger players a chance to prove themselves, coyb.

Minik Hansen
4 Posted 18/05/2016 at 19:13:55
We'll get used to the name. ;) Come to our real strong after the Euros! COYB.
John Graham
6 Posted 18/05/2016 at 19:25:26
21 years old and only just getting into the squad. Think he needs to improve fast if he has a chance of coming good in the Premier League.
Bob Hannigan
7 Posted 18/05/2016 at 19:35:54
And I should get excited, WHEN?
Martin Nicholls
9 Posted 18/05/2016 at 20:15:40
He's been selected alongside some quality forwards. Wouldn't write him off because he's "only just" made the squad at the age of 21.
Helen Mallon
10 Posted 18/05/2016 at 20:59:38
Some people on here are so negative. So what if he's only just got a national call at 21 get a grip
Lyndon Lloyd
12 Posted 18/05/2016 at 21:57:44
Like that spring chicken Jamie Vardy getting into the England squad for the first time now that he's just turned 21, John (6)? Oh, wait...

There is no right age to start being selected for an international side. Different players develop at different rates. Why don't we wait until we see him in action in the Premier League before we judge him?

Patrick Carty
13 Posted 18/05/2016 at 22:16:06
How did his season at club level go?
Lewis Roll
14 Posted 18/05/2016 at 22:17:10
I live out here and from the Swiss lads I've spoken to - they rate him highly. Considering they are Basel fans it's high praise indeed.
Chris Regan
15 Posted 18/05/2016 at 22:19:14
Aidan's made his first appearance for France aged 24 or 25. Michael Owen is a midget so is Defoe.
Kieran Kinsella
17 Posted 18/05/2016 at 22:34:26
More importantly, his goals to game ratio is about one goal ever four games. Not exactly prolific and that's in the Swiss league.

Before Everton goals ratios.

Bakayoko (Mont/France) 25 in 76
Radzinski (And/Belguim) 52 in 77
Niasse (Lok/ Russia) 12 in 28
Swiss midget (Gra/Switzerland) 12 in 53.

Rubbish signing

David Pearl
18 Posted 18/05/2016 at 23:22:56
Gives me another reason to look forward to watching some Euro games this summer... and he might just hit the ground running a bit better than Niasse (we'd hope).

It might also be the last time I have any interest in watching Lukaku and Stones play. We need a manager in place before this tournament starts.

I wonder if Lukaku might score a goal go he can boast how ready he is for the Champions League.
Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 18/05/2016 at 23:51:31
Criticise after you have seen him by all means, but not before you have seen him, give him a chance for gods' sake.
Tony Waring
32 Posted 19/05/2016 at 09:15:42
So...21 years of age and he's only just made it into the Swiss squad. At the back of my mind I seem to remember a bloke who was light years ahead of any other midfielder in Britain and he NEVER got into the England squad. I've a sneaking suspicion he played on Merseyside and even went on to be a manager somewhere or other. I think his first name was Howard but I really can't be sure !
David Hallwood
38 Posted 19/05/2016 at 12:19:17
While we're on the subject of midgets, Messi, 5'-8", gets bullied a lot though.
Gordon Crawford
39 Posted 19/05/2016 at 12:24:12

As for Tarashaj, I know nothing about him. But I hear that he is very good. So let's get behind the kid and give him a chance.

Aidy Dews
44 Posted 19/05/2016 at 14:52:07
Tarashaj isn't an out-and-out striker, he's more of a No 10 or can play wide but, by all accounts, he's had a great second half to the season – and good on him for making the provisional squad cos no-one who covers Swiss football thought he had a chance of breaking in for the Euros!
John Graham
48 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:16:48
As I said, 21 lucky to get in squad, playing in SWITZERLAND. Hope he proves me wrong but looking at all the reserve forwards we have doesn't fill me with confidence. Some of the other young kids (Ledson, Dowell, Kenny and Davies) look good enough to make an impact though.
Gavin Johnson
49 Posted 19/05/2016 at 19:39:48

I'm sorry but you're giving the Swiss national team a great disservice. They're not far behind the England national team these days. How old would Tarahaj have to be for you to be impressed before ever seeing him play..Straight out of short trousers and a full international?!

Give the kid a chance. We weren't the only team that were in for him. He was one of the most highly coveted young players in the Swiss league. I can't remember the sides from the Italian and Spanish leagues that wanted him, but they weren't at the level of Verona and Getafe.

Peter Fearon
50 Posted 21/05/2016 at 04:42:00
The negativity about a 21-year-old developing player who hasn't kicked a ball for Everton yet is very disturbing. It says a lot more about what is happening to our fans than about what this player's abilities are.

Everton fans used to be known as well informed and intelligent about the game. No-one looking at the level of gutter criticism of certain players could possibly think that.
Mike Powell
51 Posted 21/05/2016 at 11:10:45
I've not seen him play so I will reserve my judgement. I hope he plays in the Euros so I can have a good look at him. Let's just see him in action before we make a judgement on the lad.

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