New contract for Iversen after 16 months of injury hell

10/07/2022 13comments  |  Jump to last

Everton have granted young midfielder Einar Iversen a 1-year contract extension after he has been out of action for 16 months recovering from a serious ACL injury.

Norwegian Einar Iversen has been with the Everton Academy for 5 years but did not play at all last season as his 3-year professional contract came to an end last month, when he turned 21.

The Under-21 midfielder told “I've had incredible support from my team-mates and the physios and coaches and always felt like everyone in the club wanted me to come back and do well.

“I was told a few months ago I would have a contract for next season and that gave me real security during my rehabilitation. The club has always shown faith in me and it is a great place to be — it has been since I joined five years ago.

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“It was really good to be back training with the squad last week, I was buzzing, it was the best feeling to complete a full session with no issues. I could do the same session as everyone else and it is good to finally feel part of the team again."


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David Hayes
1 Posted 10/07/2022 at
Really pleased that a young player is back on track. No first team news makes me worry that last season's escape was just a stay of execution.

Just look at the level 17 of the Premier League teams are currently at, then look at our squad and best available 11 and bench. Middle of the table is fantasy, we are bound for the Bottom 3.

Paul Birmingham
2 Posted 10/07/2022 at
Good luck to the lad.

I’ve seen him a few times pre the last “injury” but he’s got some spirit.

But let’s see how he comes back, as bad injuries and recovery levels, are life changers.

The reality is Everton need every nougat and rough diamond, they have on the books.

I sense all considered, that bar some Acts of God, and genuine good fortune, it’s a very difficult 5 years ahead..

The ray of hope is BMD, but the Everton first team must step up.

MBORC, in terms of Everton fans, but the weights of realistic transfer engagement need to be translated in simple English, by the EFC, board. Can EFC, negotiate or not, in terms of transfers, this season?

My instinct is telling me that the scouting system is not working else is on restricted engagement.

Cost cutting is the global verve, and EFC Women’s, Team, have lost some of their best players these last few weeks.

I hope Everton FC is not gonna become, the Burnley equivalent of the 1960s, 70s, and 1980s, just to tick over.

Now for Chelsea, and to be the Beacon of Hope for this Season, in terms of Evertonians, as this season will require every sinew of endurance and believe, I sense twice more than last season, as all matters stand right now.

Hope eternal, all matter EFC.


Dupont Koo
3 Posted 11/07/2022 at
In light of words that a more-hyped prospect in Emilio Lawrence is pulling a Thierry Small, this piece of news of retaining Einar might appear to be anti-climatic and the sceptics might even say: "Instead of keeping a hot shot that attracts the Champions League folks, we can only keep a crooked one"

IMHO, there is nothing we can do on Lawrence provided our complete self-sabotage on Pathway to First Team (our Standings in the Premier League Table didn't help either) in the last few years. However, it is entirely worth paying a nominal salary to retain Einar for the following reasons:

1) We can see how his injury might have affected him as a player: "Did it rob his athleticism?", "Has he become more shy getting into tackles?" etc. All those factors would help the coaching staff to decide on how to rehab & develop him as a player further (including a potential drastic change of position)

2) Provided he will stay injury-free, this coming season will help the new coaching staff to make a concerted (and some say "final", given this will be his 6th year with the club) evaluation on his ability & potential under the new structure and organisation philosophy that Thelwell has established so far

(Given Rhino & Tait have employed in various degrees their own playing styles for U18 & U23 in the past few years, there might even some untapped potentials on Iversen that were otherwise buried previously by both under a piece-meal environment)

3) If his career is to be considered "salvageable" after this season, we can, at the very worst, retain the right to Tribunal Compensations (as meager as it might be), if the bigger clubs come sniffing again. If not, we can extend him on cost-controlled terms to continue his development (most likely via loans) and build up his value for future sales. Either way is dramatic improvement on Asset Management compared to the previous regimes (I'm still swinging my head in disbelief that while most of the world's competent clubs have adapted this approach for at least a decade, we were still in Stone Ages)

Fingers crossed that this upcoming season will be a positive one for both Einar & the club!

Alan J Thompson
4 Posted 11/07/2022 at
We could go on about offering another year to a 21 year old who is yet to even look like being first team material but for all that I think Everton have done the right thing by the lad after such a lengthy and probably dispiriting lay off. Well done all round and now for the fairy tale ending.
Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 11/07/2022 at
I was thinking this guy had been around forever then realized I was thinking of Bjarni Vidarsson. I’d like to think all these new contracts are because these kids are quality but I suspect they’re a pile of shit and we are trying to a) flesh out the squads and b) nickel and dime anyone who wants these. I saw the Echo issuing a denial by Everton that they can’t afford to pay wages. This type of deal seems to support that theory but I’ll put on the blinkers and pretend this lad and the 22 year old namesake of the jailed mayor are real prospects.
Mark Andersson
6 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Is it really all doom and gloom...? Lampard seems to be a good manager – he will have to be to survive this season.
Andy Meighan
7 Posted 11/07/2022 at
4 weeks to seasons start, and already some have got us relegated before a ball has been kicked. What planet do these people live on?

Do you honestly think that Frank and Thelwell haven't got targets lined up?

Frank has been on record stating he wants 5 players in before the start of the season – he's got one, and he'll get the others. We're linked with shedfuls of players I'm sure he'll get his men in. Rome wasn't built in a day etc.

Sam Hoare
8 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Strange one. Can't remember Iversen pulling up any trees. Could this be more of an ‘optics' decision? “We look after our injured players here” type thing? Seems unlikely he'll be knocking on the first team door anytime soon but best of luck to him.

As for the main transfer business, it will happen. Probably waiting on primary targets (like Broja?) to make up their minds or refusing to pay high demands from other clubs (like Hull who are rumoured to be asking for £25M+ for Lewis-Potter). I'm sure we'll have 4-5 new players in by time window shuts and would rather do good business than quick business.

Ray Smith
9 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Anybody have an insight on Emilio Lawrence?

Another talent being allowed to leave! Not signed a professional contract, with Man City believed to be about to snap him up for a nominal fee!

Man City wouldn't be sniffing around unless he has potential.

Surely we should be safeguarding our future.

However, I've never seen the lad play, but this is beginning to become a worrying feature in allowing such-like players to leave for next to nothing.

Sam Hoare
10 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Ray, he's definitely a talent and one of the best of the younger crop coming through. A real shame to lose him. But I think myself and others were more concerned about the left-back Samuels-Smith who looks the real gem and seems to be staying for now at least.
Ray Smith
11 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Sam 10

Thanks for the update.

Perhaps he's got aspirations like Small, who went to Southampton, and where did that get him?

Is somebody in the background turning their heads?

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
12 Posted 11/07/2022 at

Yes, they are called agents who get a percentage and more interested in their short-term profits than the long-term benefits of the people they represent.

Geoff Hind
13 Posted 11/07/2022 at
Good luck to Einar, the injury came at a very bad time for him. Previous seasons he seemed to me to have a footballing brain but lacked the physical frame. Just before his injury, he looked to have changed, more muscular and athletic. I hope he has recovered well and can push through.

It's so difficult to judge as the youngsters develop, some are physically larger than their peers (Onyango); some have mental sharpness (Dobbin) and they all have different degrees of application. It's only when all three come together that there is a chance of progress to the first team.

We have a great bunch of up-and-coming lads, hopefully some will come good.

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