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Tarashaj - Martinez played key role in my decision to join Everton

Young Swiss striker highlight's the manager's willingness to blood youngsters as key factor in his decision to move to Goodison Park.

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Shani Tarashaj says Roberto Martinez was a key factor in his decision to sign for Everton from Swiss side Grasshoppers Zurich.

The 20-year-old has joined Everton on a four-and-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, re-joining Grasshoppers on loan for the rest of the season - a condition that allows him to complete his national service.

Tarashaj has scored eight goals in 18 games for Grasshoppers this season and has been capped by Switzerland at youth level from U17s through to U21s.

Speaking after completing his move to Goodison, Tarashaj was quick to praise his new manager, saying:

"I am fast, I have a good shot and I think I can help Everton.

"I first found out Everton were interested two or three months ago and now I am here.

"For me that is the the best thing about Mr Martinez wanting me - his belief in young players.

"I heard that he was a good manager and works well with young players individually - this is what I want to make me a better player.

"English football is fast-paced and Everton is a big club with a good manager in Mr Martinez."

Tarashaj is Everton's second signing of the January window after youngster Matty Foulds completed his pre-arranged transfer from League 1 side Bury on New Year's Day.

Everton are once again showing their willingness to put faith in young players and helping them develop from reserves team to possible first team stars.

Speaking of his new Swiss striker, Martinez said:

"Shani is an enormous young talent in Swiss football who, without a doubt, will have a great future. We’re delighted to have found a young player who believes that our Club is the perfect step for him to enhance his quality and to grow his career.

"He fits in really well to our style and the way we want to play the game. He is a family boy, hungry and he is desperate to fight for his place in our talented young squad.

"I’m delighted we have been able to act quickly and secure the deal for Shani which means that, due to his national service commitments, he will be able to be part of our first team squad from next season.

"Grasshopper have been very professional and the deal has been conducted in an exemplary way."