Tarashaj makes Euros bow as Swiss draw

, 15 June, 7comments  |  Jump to most recent
Shani Tarashaj came on as a late substitute for Switzerland in a 1-1 draw with Romania that keeps his country on course for the knockout stages of Euo2016.

The 21-year-old was introduced a minute from with the scores level after Admir Mehmedi's crisp half-volley had cancelled out Bogdan Stancu's first-half penalty.

Although he had another four minutes of added time to try and make a difference, it was too little time to influence the result but the Swiss' likely progression past the group stage offers hope that he will get further opportunities.  

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John Graham
1 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:09:48
Shame he didn't get more time. Would have been nice to see what qualities he's got
Eugene Ruane
2 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:31:39
I understand that 'these days', securing the services of players doesn't work the (simple?) way it did 50/60/70 years ago.

Back then it seems there were two methods.

1) A grizzled old bloke chief-scout (flat cap, oily mac, notepad, nicotine up to his elbows etc) spots local lad Jimmy McSomething playing for local Sunday league side (Red Star Belle-Vale?) and recommends him to a club. The club give the lad's dad a new pigeon coop, his mam a pound of lard and..deal done.

2) Barrington Cheeseman, Suet magnate and Chairman of top side Fulchester FC wants success and will pay to get it. Result? An envelope full of white fivers changes hands and 19 year-old scoring sensation Bert 'The Rickets Kid' Braithwaite leaves Dimpton Wednesday for Fulchester.

But regarding Tarashaj (and Everton), surely one thing would remain the same. That it would feel dead odd (not in a good way) if the people who 'fancied' you and instigated the purchase of your services weren't at the club when you got there.

That would have to take the edge off the move (for him) I imagine.

One minute you're heading to a club that scouted you, wanted you, negotiated with your agent and came to a satisfactory agreement. Next minute you're arriving at a club where the manager could be saying "Who?...How do you pronounce that?"

Wonder if there's any cancellation clause available for clubs/players in these circumstances.

Tony McNulty
3 Posted 16/06/2016 at 10:44:39

On the other hand, a player joins a premiership club because he wants to come to England. Then he starts watching his new manager's post match interviews...

Suddenly he hears about the departure of Softollies. He goes out and has a few scoops and tells his mates: "Than God for that. Dodged a bullet there. Having watched me in training, he would have asked me to play in goal on my debut, 'in order that I could better read the game.'"

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 16/06/2016 at 11:02:23
Eugene(#2); Rather depends on how good he is, doesn't it?
Les Green
5 Posted 16/06/2016 at 12:51:32
Eugene, at least he will have heard of our new manager and will likely be happy to have the opportunity to work with him
Paul Williams
6 Posted 16/06/2016 at 20:55:43
We have a Swiss international? Has he ever played for us ??
Dick Fearon
7 Posted 20/06/2016 at 10:32:16
Didn't the deal include he spends the rest of the season with his old club.?

Or maybe not...

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