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Robin Olsen

Player Stats

Appearances
11
Clean Sheets
2
Saves
28
Penalty saves
0

Robin Olsen became Everton's sixth signing of the 2020 summer transfer window when he joined the Blues on a season-long loan from AS Roma. 

 

He made his debut in a Premier League match at Newcastle United on 1 November and in seven top-flight appearances recorded two shutouts. Olsen played 11 matches in all in 2020/21, the Scandinavian featuring in three FA Cup ties and the League Cup quarter-final meeting with Manchester United.

 

An experienced Sweden international, Olsen starred during his country's run to the last eight of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, keeping three clean sheets and contributing 11 saves in four matches en route to them reaching a first quarter-final since 1994. 

 

That he even made the tournament said much for the stopper's heart and determination, his availability having been placed in severe jeopardy when he underwent surgery on a shoulder injury sustained in February, less than three-and-a-half months out from the competition's opening game.

 

Not only did he recover in time, he proved vital for the Swedes.   

 

It was his form in the tournament - his first two shut outs came in group games against South Korea and Mexico before he repelled Switzerland in the round of 16 - that caught the attention of Roma, who moved quickly to take him to the Italian capital as a replacement for the Liverpool-bound Alisson Becker. 

 

Olsen's good form continued as he kept out Torino on his Roma debut to help his new club kick off the 2018/19 campaign with a victory and he went on to appear 35 times that season, including in six Champions League games before his side bowed out to FC Porto in the last 16.

 

Following the arrival of Spain international goalkeeper Pau Lopez at Roma in summer 2019, Olsen headed to Cagliari on a season-long loan, playing a further 17 matches in the Italian top flight and securing his fourth straight Swedish goalkeeper of the year award. 

 

Born in the Swedish city of Malmö to Danish parents, Olsen was eligible to represent both Sweden and Denmark and held a Danish passport as a child. 

 

Despite that, it was in Sweden where he made his fledgling steps in the game. After representing a number of local clubs as a youngster, including Malmö FF, Olsen joined IF Limhamn Bunkeflo at the age of 16 and made his senior debut in the Swedish second tier just a year later. 

 

Spells at Bunkeflo FF and IFK Klagshamn followed before he rejoined Malmö FF in 2012, spending the next four seasons with the club. He helped them qualify for the Champions League in 2014 and was named Allsvenskan (Swedish top division) goalkeeper of the year. 

 

After initially considering an approach from Denmark, Olsen instead elected to represent the country of his birth and, following his international debut in January 2015, his continued good form at club level earned a switch to Greece with PAOK in July that year. 

 

Olsen turned out 19 times for PAOK in the first half of the 2015/16 season but headed to Denmark for the second half of the campaign, joining FC Copenhagen on loan. 

 

It was there he truly began to excel, winning a place in Sweden's Euro 2016 squad as a back up to Andreas Isaksson before securing the second of successive league and cup doubles with Copenhagen in 2016/17 and establishing himself as his nation's undisputed number one. 

 

That position was further solidified in November 2017 when Olsen recorded two clean sheets to emerge as one of Sweden's heroes in the shock play-off victory over Italy that guaranteed their World Cup place. 

 

Olsen arrived at Everton having amassed 38 caps for his country and was the Club's second deadline-day signing following the arrival of defender Ben Godfrey from Norwich City.