Tarashaj heads to the Eredivisie with Emmen

Sunday, 14 July, 2019 26comments  |  Jump to last

Shani Tarashaj will see out the remainder of his Everton contract in the Netherlands after signing for FC Emmen.

The Dutch club announced today that they have signed the one-time Swiss international for two years, with local news reports claiming that Emmen are loaning the 24-year-old, presumably for the first season before acquiring him permanently.

Tarshaj signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues in January 2016 in a speculative £3m transfer made by Roberto Martinez but the forward has thus far failed to live up to his billing as the "next Shaqiri".

He was initially loaned back to Grasshopper Zurich and made a few pre-season appearances for the first team over the next couple of seasons but didn't ever get to make his senior bow in the Premier League before going out on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt and then back to Zurich last season.  

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Richard Mason
1 Posted 14/07/2019 at 15:45:49
Apparently it's a 2 year loan 500000 per year
Paul Hewitt
2 Posted 14/07/2019 at 15:46:02
Paying £500.000 a year, for the 2 years. Then he's a free agent. Another one off the wage bill.
Eugene Kearney
3 Posted 14/07/2019 at 15:51:06
Another "good buy" !!
Denis Richardson
4 Posted 14/07/2019 at 15:59:00
He's supposedly on £15k a week so the £500k loan ‘fee' presumably covers most of his wages for the last year of his contract.

Not one of our biggest earners but at least another off the books and no longer at FF.

Likes of Bolasie, Mirallas, Niasse, McCarthy and Tosun are the ones we'd really like to get rid of.

Gavin Johnson
5 Posted 14/07/2019 at 16:14:47
Yes Denis,

The biggest two on wages - Bolasie and Mirallas are gonna be the trickiest two to remove because of their contracts. Fortunately, Mirallas is in his final season and there seems to be a lot of interest in Bolasie. Bolasie might well have to take pay cut though.

Jim Bennings
6 Posted 14/07/2019 at 17:15:40
Unreal how players like this are actually still on the books.

Yet another player who's spent four years here and not contributed one single jot.

Pat Kelly
7 Posted 14/07/2019 at 18:17:59
What sort of contract did we give this nobody.
James Flynn
8 Posted 14/07/2019 at 18:50:23
Speaking of contracts, this guy, McCarthy, Garbutt, and Niasse still on the books for another season. Besic, two more years!

When giving it to Kenwright, Koeman and Walsh, don't forget Roberto's contribution to our bloated squad.

The poster boy for failing upward.

Kevin Molloy
9 Posted 14/07/2019 at 19:24:25
There are three certainties in life. Death, taxes and Bolasie not taking a pay cut.
Derek Knox
10 Posted 14/07/2019 at 19:52:35
Pat K, put it this way, if you had his £15K/week off the Lottery for 3-4 years, you'd be clicking your heels on the way to the airport.
Rob Marsh
11 Posted 14/07/2019 at 21:22:47
Kevin # 9

I doubt Mirallas will take a pay cut either from his £70k pw, there's a fourth certainty.

Liege have showed interest, but the average Belgium prem wage is around £5k pw, if you're on 10k pw in that place you're Harry Kane!

Mike Gaynes
12 Posted 14/07/2019 at 22:39:19
Since we signed him in January 2016, this guy has played in exactly 39 senior games, none of them for us. He has been a substitute in all but two of those appearances -- almost never earned a start.

He has spent the equivalent of a full year on the shelf with various injuries.

Oh, yes, he has scored four goals in that time. Four.

Good 'un, Roberto.

Rob Marsh
13 Posted 14/07/2019 at 22:49:49
The only positive we can take out of this stunningly good acquisition is that he cost us by today's standards not a lot.

Bill Gienapp
14 Posted 15/07/2019 at 00:20:24
There goes our 20-goal a season a striker...
Derek Knox
15 Posted 15/07/2019 at 11:03:58
Mike G, four goals in 3 years can be considered prolific in comparison with Sandro. Our previous genius leaders certainly knew how to pick them, phenomenal and thatsh football!
Francis van Lierop
16 Posted 15/07/2019 at 12:28:16
Emmen, a side who promoted last season, stayed up by the narrowest of margins. They have now adopted a new strategy, by getting 10 new faces in.
If it'll work is anybodies guess.
I'll follow more closely this season, and see if this Shani Tarashaj is any good.
Never seen him play (if I remember correctly), so no idea.

Good to get him off the wage bill though.

Derek Knox
17 Posted 15/07/2019 at 12:47:20
Francis, always good to get an input from our European Blues, so thanks in advance for any information. I have only seen him play once myself, in a pre-season if memory serves, but can't remember the exact opponents.

He looked okay, but nothing spectacular, think he may have scored too, not certain though, and not really worth looking up, as it looks like pastures new for him from now on.

David Pearl
18 Posted 15/07/2019 at 13:21:33
Roberto did get us Deulofeu, Lukaku, McCarthy Barry. There isn't a single manager out there with a 100% success rate with signings... that's it they are actually in charge of scouting.

Still a lot of work to do for Brands to clear out. What an understatement that is.

Denis Richardson
19 Posted 15/07/2019 at 14:31:09
David - not sure I'd class McCarthy as a successful Martinez signing. Guy cost us 㾹m in transfer fees (6 years ago) and is still on about 㿞k-㿨k/week and has played one single full season in the 6 (SIX) seasons he's been at the club - that being his very first season. He was not that good to begin with either and Wigan must have thought xmas had come early. Wages included he's probably cost the club over 㿅m - hardly bang for your buck.

Other Martinez' awesome signings you've missed out include; Kone, Alcaraz, McGeady, Cleverley, Besic, Taraqshaj and the infamous Russian footballer of the year Mr Niasse.

Martinez can take credit for persuading Lukaku to come (hardly an unknown gem though) and we got lucky Barry's legs held out as long as they did. Cannot believe anyone expected 4 years out of him when we signed him at age 33. Whilst every transfer is a risk and some work/some don't, I would say overall Martinez' record in the transfer market was awful (he didn't sign Stones).

I still to this day have no idea how bullshit bobby landed the Belgium job - then again he was incredibly good at talking shite but making it sound like he knew what he was talking about (until you heard the same shite over and over again).

Ed Fitzgerald
20 Posted 15/07/2019 at 14:51:37

Compared to Koeman and Walsh, Martinez was a genius in the transfer department.

Mike Gaynes
21 Posted 15/07/2019 at 15:14:25
Denis #19, he certainly turned out to be the right guy for the job, though. Belgium is 28-6-3 under him, including a 3rd at the World Cup (their best ever) and a World #1 ranking right now.

His "shite" is certainly working well for them.

Denis Richardson
22 Posted 15/07/2019 at 18:38:44
Sorry Ed 20 - have to disagree. Martinez imo was a very poor and lazy choice as manager. Appointing someone who had just gotten relegated didn't smack me as a great effort being made to sign the 'right' person. As soon as the Moyes defensive effect wore off we went downhill.

Koeman on the other hand had the rug pulled from under him in his second season by the Rooney signing (people forget he had a decent first season). How anyone expected him to succeed in his second season starting with the likes of Rooney and Niasse upfront as replacement for Lukaku is beyond me. The guy did not want Rooney, which also forced him to play Sigurdsson (record signing) out of position for most of the season and likely put a serious block on any further top signing as Rooney became our highest paid player. There was only going to be one outcome starting the 17/18 season like that.

Koeman/Walsh made some crap signings too; Sandro, Bolasie and Klaassen etc but they didn't give out contracts to the likes of Mirallas, Niasse, McCarthy, Besic, Tarashaj, Garbutt - i.e. most of the shit we can't get rid of. Thank Martinez for those.

To be fair, the club owners really didn't cover themselves in glory, in the end they appointed the managers, got Rooney in etc.

Mike 21 - I imagine a lot of managers could probably get that win record with the Belgian side available. Its like being given the Barca management job and then crowing about winning most of your games. I mean, Hazard, De Bruyne, Cortois, Vertongen, Witzel, Lukaku, Kompany, Meunier etc. You'd be hard pushed not to get a decent win record. I can still remember Lukaku and Mirallas laughing in disbelief when they heard Martinez was going to be Belgian manager. Either way, I never rated Martinez.

Michael Williams
23 Posted 15/07/2019 at 22:30:47
I always thought Martinez was a very good tournament manager. He always seemed to have a good plan against every team. I don't know if he's the right guy to lead a club team over the long- term. The structured international system is made for him.
James Ford
24 Posted 16/07/2019 at 22:46:40
Denis #22. You are dead wrong defending Koeman and Walsh in the transfer market versus Martínez. In fact probably one of the silliest every comments ever on here.

Mirallas' last ridiculous contract was Koeman/Walsh by the way, not Martinez.

I suggest you re-look at who Martínez bought in versus Koeman/Walsh... particular if you look at fees paid/received..

Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 16/07/2019 at 22:55:43
Michael 23

You hit the nail on the head

James Flynn
26 Posted 18/07/2019 at 14:37:55
James (24) - "I suggest you re-look at who Martínez bought in versus Koeman & Walsh."

I suggest you take your own advice.

The Barry and Lukaku signings were a coup. Set up that whole great season for us. McCarthy and Deulofeu had their moments, few as they were. The rest were terrible, genuine dross, some of which we're still stuck with.

As far as fees are concerned, Koeman, Walsh, Martinez, Moyes, Ferguson, Wenger, Pep, Klopp, etc — they're employees. They do not control the money. If owners are dumb enough to pay asked-for fees, that's on the owners, not any manager.

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