Goalkeeper Olsen On Motivation For Joining Everton

Robin Olsen is promising he will press to regularly feature for Everton following a flawless debut against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Goalkeeper Olsen became Everton’s sixth frontline summer transfer window addition when he joined on loan from AS Roma on October’s deadline day.

The Swede responded to being given his first starting opportunity by Carlo Ancelotti with a fine performance at St James' Park.

Olsen produced an astonishing reaction save to keep out Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff’s second-half drive from the corner of the six-yard box.

Earlier in the game, he sprang from his line to deny home forward Allan Saint-Maximin at close quarters.

Olsen conceded the frustration of Everton's 2-1 defeat remained too raw to draw any immediate satisfaction from his own display – but the 30-year-old admitted gaining the confidence of Ancelotti so soon in his Goodison Park career represented a personal boon.

“I have spoken with the coach for a couple of days [about starting against Newcastle] and, of course, it is good to have his faith,” Olsen told evertontv.

“I came to Everton because I want to play.


“Everybody wants to play football – I will keep going and train hard and hope I will play again.

“It is nice to have my debut but I am disappointed about the result.

“There is nothing I can be happy about right now.

“It was pleasing to make those saves but they didn’t help the team because we lost.

“Maybe in one or two days I can look back and be happy with the saves but right now it is hard to stand here and be happy.”

International commitments delayed Olsen’s arrival at Goodison following the completion of his season-long move from Serie A.

He played twice for Sweden before joining his new teammates in time for a place on the bench in last month’s Merseyside derby.

Olsen, who was also among Everton’s substitutes at Southampton last week, insists the Club’s players – and the goalkeeping group led by coach Alan Kelly in particular – have made his bedding-in process straightforward.

There were words of encouragement from Jordan Pickford – who manager Ancelotti has confirmed will return in goal against Manchester United on Saturday after sitting out the Newcastle fixture – prior to Olsen’s first start.

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02:48

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“We train and speak together every day and [before kick-off] he said, ‘Good luck, all the best’,” said Olsen.

“All of the goalkeepers here are good guys.

“We’ve had good sessions every day and push each other and help each other to be better.

“I am really happy to work with Alan Kelly.

“I heard good things about him when I signed and I was looking forward to starting work with him.

“It is a different technique over here from Italy – everything is different, which I am happy about.

“Sometimes this [Premier League requirements] fits better for an individual than the other one [what is needed in Italy].

“I am enjoying going to training to try to improve myself every day.”

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02:20

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Olsen has 40 Sweden caps and was his national team’s number one when they reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia two years ago.

He transferred to Roma after that tournament following two-and-a-half years in Denmark with FC Copenhagen.

After 35 games for Roma in 2018/19 he spent last term with Serie A rivals Cagliari, where Olsen’s loan team lost his debut outing 2-1 to Inter Milan before embarking on an 11-match unbeaten league run.

The Scandinavian confesses he’s hoping for his Everton spell to unfold in similar fashion after being made to feel he belongs at the Club from the first day he reported to USM Finch Farm last month.

“I had a fantastic welcome and it was easy to integrate into the squad,” added Olsen.

“Everybody took care of me from day one.

“It was easy to feel part of the group.

“I felt one of them immediately and I am very happy to here.”