Swiss exit means Tarashaj can prepare for life at Finch Farm

, 25 June, 17comments  |  Jump to most recent
Switzerland were beaten in the first knockout game of Euro2016, meaning that Shani Tarashaj's brief participation in the tournament is over.

A missed penalty by new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka in the penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw put Poland through and sent the Swiss home in heart-breaking fashion.

Tarashaj, still only 21, was low on the totem pole in the Switzerland side coming into the tournament and was not expected to play much and the only action he ended up seeing was as a late substitute during the group stages.

The forward, a January signing by Roberto Martinez who spent the second half of 2015-16 on loan back at Grasshopper Zurich, can now get ready to link up with his new Everton team-mates for pre-season, although he could get extended leave due to his involvement in the European Championships this month.  

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Trevor Lynes
1 Posted 25/06/2016 at 17:29:00
At 21 he should be pushing for a place in the Swiss side.I hope he is not yet another damp squib !!
Dave Roberts
2 Posted 25/06/2016 at 17:42:52
He is pushing for a place in the Swiss side. That's why he's there!
Aidy Dews
3 Posted 25/06/2016 at 18:00:39
Haha innit Dave. Trevor, Tarashaj has come from nowhere to get in the Swiss squad for the Euros. He wasn't involved in any of the qualifying games and broke into the squad on the eve of the tournament so he's clearly kicked on this season and made a big impression to make his way into the squad.

Hopefully he can come in and make a big impression on Koeman this pre season.

Barrie Abbott
4 Posted 25/06/2016 at 18:00:51
The best thing is for our players to report back uninjured. But it would be nice for some Everton representation in the latter stages.

Which player(s) will progress the furthest?
Trevor Lynes
5 Posted 25/06/2016 at 18:38:20
I truly hope so as he may well save us some money !!
Anthony Dwyer
6 Posted 25/06/2016 at 23:04:52
All the reports on the lad have been glowing.
Danny Broderick
7 Posted 25/06/2016 at 23:09:31
I'm sure he is chuffed his country is out of the Euros so he can now get used to Finch Farm!
Mike T Jones
8 Posted 26/06/2016 at 00:19:35
If he is shit he won't be here. I want a ruthless Everton
Clive Rogers
9 Posted 26/06/2016 at 12:32:33
The big worry is that RM signed him which probably isn't fair, but his track record isn't good. Let's hope he'll be the exception and be a shining light.
Anthony Dwyer
11 Posted 26/06/2016 at 23:50:14
Come on Clive, 'his track record isn't good', he's 21 ffs.

And 'Martinez signed him', didn't he also sign Rom, Mori and Del boy.

Phil Walling
12 Posted 28/06/2016 at 14:26:14
You are right, Anthony, but with Romelu failing to find a new home and Niasse having to justify his fee, where will Shani fit in? Brentford, maybe?
Steve Hogan
13 Posted 28/06/2016 at 14:38:27
Jesus, no wonder this site has a reputation for being full of 'miserable buggers', the kid's 21, no-one has seen him play a SINGLE game in a blue shirt, and some people have already decided he's a misfit!!

Welcome to Goodison, Tarashaj.

Jim Bailey
15 Posted 28/06/2016 at 14:58:15
Well said, Steve.
Wish I had a crystal ball like some on here.
Sam Hoare
16 Posted 28/06/2016 at 15:33:39
I don't think anyone has decided that he is a misift.

History suggests that it's more likely he'll not make the grade than be the next huge superstar but I haven't seen anyone who's not prepared to give him a chance.

Are you being too negative about the negativity?!!

Andrew McLean
17 Posted 29/06/2016 at 03:35:07
"History suggests"
Oh my days. Nothing like giving anyone a chance.
Sam Hoare
18 Posted 29/06/2016 at 06:40:14
Andrew@17, did you actually read my post?

Either you didn't or you clearly misunderstood it as the point is that everyone SHOULD give him a chance.

Oh my days indeed.

Ari Sigurgeirsson
19 Posted 30/06/2016 at 14:44:33
Ha ha very true Dave #2

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