Everton have announced the signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan. He becomes the sixth player the Toffees have signed this summer, after Niels Nkounkou, Allan, James Rodriguez, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Ben Godfrey.
| We have completed the signing of goalkeeper Robin Olsen on a season-long loan from AS Roma.— Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2020
Welcome, Robin! #EFC
The 30-year-old veteran joined AS Roma in the summer of 2018 from FC Copenhagen, and is currently the the Sweden international team starting goalkeeper with 37 caps. He has since fallen down the pecking order in Rome with journeyman Antonio Mirante usurping him and Spaniard Pau Lopez also in the mix. Olsen was sent out on loan to Cagliari for last season where he played twenty times. In all, he has featured in 44 Serie A games, conceding 66 times with 8 clean sheets across the two clubs.
The Toffees were earlier linked with making approaches for Sergio Romero and then Claudio Gazzaniga, but both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur were demanding outright sales and no loan deals that would have improved a rival.
Current starter Jordan Pickford has been increasingly in the limelight since last season after making a number of high-profile gaffes on the pitch. Manager Carlo Ancelotti has backed his keeper in public a number of times but this approach shows his lack of confidence in backups Jonas Lossl and Joao Virginia in challenging the England #1.
It’ll be interesting to see now if the club pursues an exit for Lossl and/or Virginia, with the domestic transfer window for EFL clubs still open until the 16th of October. Stay tuned for more.