Everton have signed central defender James Tarkowski on a four-year deal following his departure from Burnley.
The 29-year-old, whose contract expired at Burnley on the finish of final month, turns into Frank Lampard’s first signing this summer season.
Tarkowski left Burnley after six years at Turf Moor, having performed 194 Premier League video games for the Clarets.
The ex-Brentford defender revealed the position of Everton boss Lampard was key in transferring to Merseyside.
«I am excited to have joined Everton. It is a large membership. I am actually wanting ahead to the years forward and I am grateful for the chance that I have been given,» Tarkowski informed evertonfc.com.
«Chatting with the supervisor, it was essential to see what he needed from his gamers and his crew, what he noticed in me and why he needed to signal me. Chatting with (director of soccer) Kevin Thelwell was additionally an element. They each spoke concerning the ambition right here which was actually essential for me.
«I am an bold individual, I wish to obtain, I wish to win issues and I’ve come right here to achieve success.
«After which there are the Everton followers. The assist they gave the crew final season was unbelievable. You noticed simply how massive the fanbase is. Regardless of a troublesome season, Everton followers received behind their crew greater than ever.
«I feel they’re an enormous issue about this membership. Hopefully profitable instances are forward and, with the expertise we’ve got within the squad, we can provide the followers one thing they actually get pleasure from.
«I feel the supervisor acknowledged my strengths, noticed how I may match into his system and hopefully enhance the crew. He additionally noticed my character and management expertise – that what I can deliver to a gaggle can be good and constructive.
Everton director of soccer Kevin Thelwell mentioned: «We’re delighted to welcome a participant of James’ high quality to Everton and imagine he can be a wonderful addition to our squad.
«The statistics present that James has constantly been one of many Premier League’s most dependable defenders lately. Added to his taking part in attributes, his wonderful management expertise and expertise can be an enormous profit, too.
«James is a participant I’ve admired for a few years and Frank was very eager to deliver him to the membership. We sit up for him being a highly-valued member of our squad subsequent season and within the years to return.»
Why Everton focused Tarkowski
Sky Sports activities soccer journalist Ben Grounds:
«After majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri admitted «errors have been made» by the membership throughout his possession, the signing of a longtime ready-made centre-back is a step in the appropriate route.
«Tarkowski gives much-needed management, sturdiness and no scarcity of high quality to a creaking protection that usually dictated how Frank Lampard approached video games throughout a fraught ultimate few months of the marketing campaign.
«Lampard was heard telling his gamers throughout his first few coaching periods to «benefit from the ball», however eight defeats in his first 12 matches in all competitions meant Everton wanted to develop into extra pragmatic and extra direct of their model.
«Accidents to Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey denied him a settled partnership throughout these opening few months in cost.
«It was about eking out outcomes as Lampard’s most popular model of possession-based soccer was shelved. He’ll hope the arrival of Tarkowski can present his aspect with the strong base from which to precise themselves once more.»
Evaluation: Tarkowski simply what Everton want
Kevin Campbell informed Sky Sports activities Information: «I feel it is a much-needed signing. Tarkowski is a no-nonsense defender. He does his job. And he is at all times accessible, which is admittedly essential, and he simply will get on with it.
«I feel he’ll be a favourite at Goodison as a result of, if I am trustworthy with you, he simply concentrates on defending.
«He’ll defend, and he’ll defend correctly, which is what Everton want. Everton want to repair that protection and repair the midfield.
«In the event that they repair that then they will be wonderful, and Tarkowski’s signing goes an extended technique to fixing an actual drawback space.»
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