Everton's forgotten man Shani Tarashaj could be reborn at Emmen

Head coach Marco Silva of FC Everton looks on during the Opel Cup 2019 match between FC Everton and FC Sevilla at Opel Arena on July 27, 2019 in Mainz, Germany.

Everton once paid £3m to sign Switzerland international Shani Tarashaj but can he show why in the Eredivisie?

Shani Tarashaj of Everton with a bloody nose during the pre-season friendly match between MK Dons and Everton at Stadium mk on July 26, 2016 in Milton Keynes, England.

Perhaps a move to a division which appears to regard defending as optional is exactly what Shani Tarashaj needs to kick-start a career that once promised so much.

Everton invested £3 million into a little-known striker when they brought Tarashaj to Goodison Park in 2016, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, but a player who looked the real deal at Grasshoppers has barely been seen since.

 

A loan move to Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany was little more than a disaster, the Swiss international scoring just once in 15 Bundesliga games. And it is fair to say Tarashaj will be hoping to do a little better than that after sealing another temporary switch - this time to the Eredivisie.

With just one year left on his Everton contract, a 12-month spell at FC Emmen feels pretty much make-or-break for a player who hasn’t been helped by the constant managerial changes on Merseyside during the Farhad Moshiri era.

Shani Tarashaj of FC Emmen during the Pre-season Fan Event of FC Emmen at De Oude Meerdijk on July 14, 2019 in Emmen, The Netherlands

While Marco Silva may not be counting on Tarashaj, Emmen coach Dirk Lukkien is thrilled to have the now-24-year-old on board.

"Shani needs some time,” Lukkien told DVHN, praising Tarashaj’s passing ability. “(But) he has something we didn't have before.”

The forgotten man of Goodison Park shouldn’t struggle for goal-scoring chances in the top flight of Dutch football. But he will probably need to challenge for the Golden Boot to catch Silva’s eye.

Shani Tarashaj of Switzerland (R) competes for the ball with Daniel Grahovac of Bosnia-Herzegovina during the international friendly match between Switzerland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at...

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