We weren’t expecting too much drama today on deadline day, with maybe two more players coming in once Ben Godfrey was out. confirmed earlier today.
Moise Kean left on loan for PSG yesterday, with that in mind we had thought that at least one striker / striker would come into play. It became even more evident when Theo Walcott got closer to leaving on loan at Southampton today when Bernard was also linked with a move.
During this time, Jordan pickfordThe latest mistake of this weekend has restarted the transfer rumor mill, although Carlo Ancelotti has continued to publicly support his No.1. Earlier today we heard that the Blues had been investigating moves. loan for Claudio Gazzaniga (Tottenham Hotspur) or Sergio Romero (Manchester United), but parent clubs in both cases wanted a permanent deal that the Toffees weren’t comfortable with.
Attention then turned for the first time to AS Romeunresolved backups. Pau Lopez and Robin Olsen are both available for sale and as the day progresses Paul Joyce confirmed that the Blues see the Sweden international as a loan target to challenge Pickford.
Olsen joined Roma in the summer of 2018 on a five-year contract, but a season after making 35 appearances for the Giallorossi he was loaned out last season at Cagliari. We had a quick chat with SB Nation Roma Chiesa Di Totti blog about Olsen and what he would bring to Everton.
GAR – There had been speculation about the goalkeeper of Pau Lopez and Robin Olsen Everton were originally interested – why are they both on the chopping block?
CDT –Well, des deux Olsens has been and definitely has been on the chopping block for almost 18 months now, while Lopez is currently in limbo. But, to be honest, they’re both here for the same reason: They are passive, error-prone guardians, who both lost their jobs to Antonio Mirante, who is really nothing more than ‘a strong companion type keeper.
Olsen cuts a much taller figure and uses his massive limbs / reach quite well, but was just too slow on his line and not really fast enough in the cast, while Lopez is a bit of a sweeper keeper, although nothing of the sort. Alisson Becker’s order, but is also passive and uncertain when he goes out of line. Add to that a few glaring mistakes in critical games and you have Roma’s current situation: two decidedly average goalkeepers who have been incredibly difficult to offload.
GAR – Since then we’ve heard that Olsen is the target. The Sweden international has 35 appearances for Roma since joining in 2018 but was loaned to Cagliari last season. Where did everything go wrong for him?
CDT – Well, to be fair to him, his reputation is somewhat tarnished in the eyes of many Roma fans because he was a buy from Monchi; he might be a hero for Sevilla, but he definitely set Roma back several years with some of his transfer decisions, including Olsen. He started off pretty well in 2018 and even got a clean sheet in his debut, but the wheels fell almost immediately: he conceded 15 goals in his next six matches and finished with 58 goals conceded in 35 appearances in 2018. -2019.
He really uses his massive frame to his advantage, but in the end he’s just too passive and slow to adapt to Roma’s build-up approach from behind.
GAR – What can you tell us about the way Olsen plays the game? Is there a vocal leader between the sticks? What about his fire stop and aerial capabilities?
CDT – As I mentioned, he’s a massive, massive keeper but, at least on the basis of advanced metrics, he’s decidedly mediocre when it comes to stopping shots and even claiming crosses. It is possible that he is more successful in a different league, but he was not up to the mark in Serie A for some reason.
And the leadership … eh, not so much in Rome; he struggled to communicate with Roma defenders, who were largely Italian, so maybe if his English is stronger than his Italian he will have better luck.
GAR – There was some chatter about Bernard going the other way but with the Italian window now closed it didn’t end up happening – what did you hear?
CDT – Not a lot, really. Roma’s move for Stephan El Shaarawy fell apart and Bernard had previously played for Paulo Fonseca. So it was a quick and appropriate replacement for the rumor. He really likes mobile attackers who can fill multiple roles, so I got to see the meaning of that, but it never worked out.
So here goes Blues, right now it looks more and more like panic buying than anything else unfortunately. Our thanks to Bren for Chiesa Di Totti for its time.