Ah, Davy Klaassen – one of Everton’s worst signings in recent memory.
It almost feels wrong to bash Davy Klaassen. Every single time we saw him slumped on the Everton bench we were desperately willing him to improve; to show something during the week, to finally kick on and make something of himself in the Premier League. But his time never came, and in the end, we kind of just started feeling very, very sorry for him.
Everton signed Ajax captain Davy Klassen for £23.6 million on a five-year deal in 2017 (as per BBC Sport).
The Netherlands midfielder had made over 163 appearances and scored 49 goals since his debut in 2011, winning three Eredivisie titles in the process.
“It is difficult to leave Ajax, but I think this is a good step for me now,” the hopeful Klaassen told Everton’s website.
Reading this, we cannot help feeling a little sorry for him. To pluck a long-term player from Ajax almost feels like inheriting a precious family heirloom; something that has withstood the sands of time or, in Ajax’s case, the ongoing cycle of outgoing players. Someone who stuck with the side through the melee of transfer windows where top-quality players were sold like cattle at a market.
Indeed, a stint like Davy Klaassen’s is a rarity in that part of the world. And it was wasted when he moved to Everton. Not through any fault of the club, might we add. Klassen was just desperately behind the pace of the Premier League.
The context of his arrival certainly did not help. A tumultuous season at Goodison Park had seen the very man who bought Klassen’s services, Ronald Koeman, sacked to be replaced by Sam Allardyce.
The Englishman, who was tasked with the lifting the club from possible relegation, dons a style of football that, shall we say, did not quite such the total football style of Ajax reared Davy Klaassen. Not that the midfielder was particularly good at doing the technical stuff either.
After just 16 appearances and three Premier League starts, Klaassen departed for Germany joining Bundesliga side Werder Bremen for a reported £12 million in 2018 (as per The Guardian).
He has since represented the side 32 times netting on six occasions.
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