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