Prior to Marco Silva’s arrival things had been up and down at Everton for quite some time.
When David Moyes departed for Manchester United back in 2013, fans of the club were thrust into a series of turbulent appointments. The likes of Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce all had a go at changing the clubs fortunes. All failed, bar Allardyce (if you count avoiding relegation), and all had some form of lasting impact on the team.
The most evident relics of a managers past is the players they signed; some were good, some were bad, some are brilliant, some are truly awful.
Indeed, clubs always run the risk of taking a few risky gambles in the transfer market that don’t quite pay off. It’s all part of the process of rebuilding a squad after all. Everton, unfortunately, however, have fallen victim to this trend on more than one occasion during their revival.
With that in mind, here are two players who didn’t quite make the grade…
Brought in from Ajax by his compatriot Ronald Koeman for £24 million, the Dutch international never really found his feet in Merseyside.
It wasn’t even for the lack of trying either. Klaassen evidently really wanted to succeed, and his work rate mirrored that, but the quality just wasn’t there.
Everton ultimately made a big loss on the player when he moved to Werder Bremen this summer…
Everton's £11.6M loss on Davy Klaassen works out at:
£5.8M per PL shot.
£3.86M per PL start.
£46,215 per PL minute.
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) July 27, 2018
Another shocker bought by Ronald Koeman.
Ramirez is a known player amongst Football Manager enthusiasts for being one of the brightest prospects in the game.
In reality, however, he hasn’t ever really been able to fulfil his potential. Since his arrival from Malaga CF, Ramirez has spent the majority of his time either on the bench for Everton or playing back in his home nation for Sevilla and Real Sociedad on loan.
It’s a shame because he did show some serious quality before turning out for Everton. He’s got a great shot, he’s very capable from dead ball situations, and he holds the ball up surprisingly well for a smaller player.
Things don’t seem to be getting any better for the lad either, who has recently been filmed kicking the ground instead of the ball…
Funniest clip of the season so far comes from La Liga, with this effort from Real Sociedad’s Sandro Ramirez.. pic.twitter.com/zPSqDw3Eek
— Josh Slinger (@JoshSlinger) November 5, 2018
We expect his time is all but over at Everton.