Marcel Brands has had his hands full since joining Everton a year ago correcting the sins of regimes past.
Faced with the nearly-impossible task of selling a number of overpaid players on long contracts, he’s been able to instead manage Marco Silva’s squad size by sending out players on loan and today the Blues have sent out striker Shani Tarashaj to FC Emmen in the Netherlands.
The Dutch side play in the Eredivisie, finishing in 14th place last season, their first year back in the top flight. Emmen will be paying Everton €500,000 per year for the two year loan deal, which will see him through to the end of his Everton contract. Tarashaj is on a £15,000 per week deal with the Blues.
Tarashaj, who has five senior caps and has played in forty youth internationals for Switzerland, has actually never played for the Blues, with his only two appearances in the royal blue for the Under-23 side.
He spent last season on loan at his boyhood club Grasshoppers Zurich, but had a miserable injury-struck season, making 12 appearances including one for the youth team in the second division where he scored.
The 24-year-old looked a good prospect back in January 2016 when he broke into the Swiss senior side while playing for Grasshopper, leading Roberto Martinez to sign the player to a four-and-a-half year deal for €4 million. The Spaniard’s comments back then have not withstood the test of time.
“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.”