Everton supporters in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to their team’s trip to Premier League strugglers Swansea City on Saturday, as the Toffees seek to bounce back after disappointing results at Goodison Park.
Sam Allardyce’s men were comprehensively beaten 3-1 by champions-elect Manchester City a fortnight ago, yet they had the chance to bounce back at home when they hosted Merseyside rivals Liverpool last time out, who were in the middle of a Champions League quarter-final against City at the time. And despite Jurgen Klopp making several changes to his Reds team, the Toffees were still unable to record a first win over their city neighbours since 2010 on what was a frustrating afternoon for Allardyce and his team.
Nonetheless, there are many excited and optimistic Evertonians in the Tavern at present, several of whom are confident that their side can pick up a second successive away league victory at the Liberty Stadium this weekend, a feat they haven’t managed since January last year.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their side with a summer move for Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa.
And while landing the £11.7 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) is likely to be well received by Everton fans, his arrival would surely signal the end of Davy Klaassen’s ill-fated spell on Merseyside.
Ultimately, things just haven’t worked out for the Netherlands international since his move from Ajax last summer, with the 25-year-old having appeared just 14 times in all competitions for the Toffees this season.
Just five of those have come in the Premier League and only one since the end of September, and even when there appeared to be a chance for the Dutchman following the injury to Gylfi Sigurdsson, manager Allardyce opted against Klaassen and instead went for Tom Davies.
Yes, there’s little doubting that the 25-year-old has been the victim of woeful recruitment by the Toffees last summer, what with them signing three number tens in the form of him, Sigurdsson, and Wayne Rooney, but it seems clear that, even with some injuries, the former Ajax midfielder isn’t going to get into the starting eleven anytime soon.
And adding another attacking midfielder in Kagawa, a player who like Klaassen excels just behind the front man, is only going to push the Dutchman even further down the pecking order, and potentially out of the club altogether.
Everton supporters are certainly trying to get behind Klaassen as he seeks to make a go of it in English football, but it just doesn’t look like he’s going to get a chance to even try and replicate his Ajax form at Goodison Park.
And landing Kagawa this summer would surely be the clearest signal yet that Klaassen’s time at Everton is as good as over.
Everton fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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