Everton supporters have been somewhat quieter in recent times after seeing their side fail to record their second Premier League victory of the season last weekend.
Marco Silva’s men went into their encounter with Huddersfield Town on Saturday having made an encouraging start to the 2018/19 campaign, if not necessarily going on to get the wins. In fact, the Toffees have won just one of their opening four matches in beating Southampton at Goodison Park, what with Wolves, Bournemouth, and now David Wagner’s Terriers taking points off the Merseyside outfit to leave Silva’s side with six points from their first four games.
Thus, there have been many satisfied Evertonians up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been praising their team’s business during the summer window, both in terms of incomings and indeed outgoings.
And one man who left Goodison Park was midfielder Davy Klaassen, and while they were unable to recoup all of the £24.3 million (as per Transfermarkt) they spent on the attacker 12 months ago, it was a summer deal that was in the best interests of both parties.
Ultimately, there was much anticipation among Everton fans when former boss Ronald Koeman lured his compatriot to Goodison Park back in the summer of 2017, what with the 25-year-old having enjoyed a great season at Ajax in 2016/17.
But the Netherlands international was simply unable to adapt to the rigours of English football to thus produce his best form on Merseyside, eventually finishing his time at the club with just 16 appearances to his name, in which time he failed to net.
In fact, one assist in their Europa League qualifying clash against Ruzomberok is all the Dutchman has to show for his exploits at Goodison Park to thus underline just how right Everton were to sanction his departure during the summer.
In making just seven Premier League appearances for the Toffees last term, Klaassen cost the club £3.5 million every time he turned out in the top-flight, and with only three of them starts, the Merseysiders certainly didn’t get anywhere the value for money they would have hoped when luring him to Goodison Park in 2017.
And while Silva’s side only recouped half the £24.3 million they spent on the attacker last summer, they were never likely to make a profit such were his struggles last term – getting £12.15 million (as per Transfermarkt) isn’t actually a bad return.
So while the Toffees failed to make a profit on the 25-year-old, there is little doubt that his summer move to Werder Bremen was in the best interests of both himself, and indeed Everton.
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