Does Shani Tarashaj's disastrous Bundesliga spell cast doubt on Everton future?

Everton manager Ronald Koeman looks dejected

The striker has struggled for chances in the Bundesliga and Ronaldo Koeman appears unconvinced at Everton.

Everton's Shani Tarashaj

Ronald Koeman has not exactly swung a sledgehammer at Roberto Martinez’s Everton team but he is certainly putting his own spin on things at Goodison Park.

Gerard Deulofeu, Tom Cleverley and Oumar Niasse, who all arrived on Merseyside under the Spaniard, were immediately overlooked and eventually loaned as the Dutchman spent big on replacements to improve the club’s strength in depth.

Yet one exit has gone under the radar this season. Martinez described Swiss striker Shani Tarashaj as an ‘enormous young talent’ who would be the perfect fit for Everton’s style of play after plucking him from Grasshoppers in January 2016, as reported by the BBC.

A year on, however, Tarashaj has already become something of a forgotten man on Merseyside. According to the Liverpool Echo, the £3 million striker was ruthlessly dismissed along with Niasse once Koeman took over at Goodison Park due to concerns about his ability to adapt to the Premier League.

At least the 22-year-old was handed a squad number.

Yet if a season-long loan at Eintracht Frankfurt was intended to prove he could cut it in Everton colours, a tally of one start and one goal in the Bundesliga, not to mention another 10 cameo appearances, has done little to accelerate his development.


The Liverpool Echo reports that he was forced to wait until September to make his Frankfurt debut after suffering from angina but, even with his fitness issues seemingly behind him, coach Nico Kovac has handed him an average of 14 minutes per appearance since opening his account in October.

At least Niasse’s Hull heroics has kept him in the public eye. With Everton seemingly in the market for another striker in the summer, Tarashaj’s chances of making an impact in Koeman’s side appear minimal at best.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman looks dejected

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