Like a randy pimpled teenager, the Toffees have finally popped their cherry this summer, although the capture of Lars Christian Jacobsen will do little on Merseyside to quell the furore which has built up over the barren off-season.
Unfortunately for Evertonians, who have had to watch Liverpool’s 100% start to the season after dishing out 20 million on Robbie Keane, Jacobsen is hardly a headline stopper. That in-and-of itself however does not mean he isn’t a useful player.
The free signing of Jacobsen, a seasoned Danish right back, is a commentary on David Moyes’ evaluation of Tony Hibbert. Hibbert is currently out injured, making the position an immediate problem. But moreover Hibbert is a weak link in the defence, and the manager has looked to plug a hole that has been exposed in recent years.
Jacobson looks to have the profile to make it in the Premier League. After a football education at OB Odense, Jacobson was snapped up by Bundesliga outfit Hamburg. The Dane however never settled, and after playing just 22 games over a season the full-back got the message and moved back home, to FC Copenhagen.
Copenhagen was the second coming for Jacobsen. As the mainstay number 2, he won the league, gained Champions League experience and broke into the national side, before again looking to make his mark on the continent by heading back to Germany, this time to Nurnburg. Sadly, his second attempt at breaking into the Bundesliga was blighted by injury, and with Nurnburg being relegated the Dane has jumped ship once more.
Jacobsen comes into the Premier League at a time where Scandinavian players are now a rarity. He has a big challenge ahead of him to prove he can cut it in England after having troubles settling overseas, and the onus will be on him to settle in quickly, with important games against Portsmouth (home), Stoke (away) and Hull (home) coming up before the big one against Liverpool.
While Jacobsen is clearly not the big name signing Everton fans were dreaming for, hopefully this single piece of footage will help put a smile on their Scouser faces.