Everton have announced the “pioneering” appointment of a new Academy boss and are closing on the signing of Switzerland U21 star Shani Tarashaj.
Everton have appointed Peter Vin as their new Academy boss, a man credited with playing a key role in helping the USA to their 64-medal haul at the 2012 London Olympics.
And with the Toffees clearly planning for the future, they have opened talks with Grasshopper Club Zurich over the possibility of signing Tarashaj when the transfer window opens on Friday.
The Blues will apparently offer the 20-year-old a four-and-a-half-year contract but then loan him back to Grasshopper for the rest of the season. A fee is yet to be agreed, but no problems are anticipated.
Tarashaj, who watched Monday’s 4-3 defeat to Stoke City alongside his representatives from the stands at Goodison Park, is an attacking midfielder or second striker, scoring eight goals in 18 appearances for Grasshopper this season.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Tarashaj is not the only talented youngster Everton are looking to add to their ranks in January, with Leeds United right-back Sam Byram also being closely monitored.
Vin a ‘pioneering appointment’
On the appointment of Vin, Martinez said: “This club has a long tradition of being pioneering in football and so we are genuinely excited about an appointment that is progressive in the British game, an appointment that I think will benefit our development pathway immensely.
“As a football club, we are committed to taking our Academy and the development of our youngsters to a new level.
“We had to be very clear on highlighting the good things we have in the system; one of the best academies in the British game, but we want to become the best in Europe.
“The way we’ve been consistently creating paths for youngsters to develop means we are fully aware of how good our football programme is in our Academy.
“And it’s really exciting to have secured a person with the experience of Peter, someone who has always had a meticulous focus on all aspects of performance, someone who we believe will make a big contribution to our entire Academy system and someone who will improve the performance of our programme even more.
“That’s not just on the players’ performance, it’s about helping every single member of the structure, from our coaches, to having a good relationship with the parents, who play a massive part in the development of the youngsters. He will be able to provide a highly informed picture on what the development of a young player needs.
“What Peter will bring is the extra, invaluable element of performance to allow our young players and staff to become as good as they can be in their jobs.
“But I think in this role we can all benefit by having someone who has always been focused on performance; not just players but every element of the structure; from coaches to having a good relationship with parents which is massive too.”