Everton supporters have been pretty jubilant in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side record a much-needed 2-0 victory over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, thus all but ending any lingering relegation fears.
Sam Allardyce’s men went into their clash with the in-form Seagulls off the back of successive away defeats at the hands of Watford and Burnley, results which saw the Toffees slip to 11th place in the division and just seven points clear of danger. Yet the Merseysiders moved back into the top half of the Premier League at the weekend as Cenk Tosun’s strike as well as an own goal from Gaeten Bong sealed a comfortable win for Allardyce’s side, thus moving ten points clear of the bottom three.
Subsequently, there have been many upbeat Evertonians in the Tavern this week, several of whom are hoping their team can build upon Saturday’s decent performance and result with another when they visit Stoke City this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Toffees fans to get their teeth into, not least recent unwelcome reports that midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is set for a sustained spell out of the side due to injury.
And while this is undoubtedly going to come as a blow to Allardyce and indeed the club’s supporters, it may well open up the chance of Davy Klaassen to stake a claim for a first team spot, and thus potentially save his Everton career.
Ultimately, things haven’t worked out at all for the Netherlands international since his summer move to Goodison Park, with the 25-year-old appearing just 14 times for the Toffees this term, of which just five have come in the Premier League.
And with no goals and just one assist to show for his 766 minutes of action for the Merseysiders, it’s clear that the Dutchman simply hasn’t been able to find his feet in English football as of yet.
But that doesn’t mean that he has become a bad player overnight, and the midfielder should take a leaf out of Tosun’s book if he is to resurrect his career at Everton given his fine efforts in recent weeks after a troubling start on Merseyside.
Klaassen scored 20 goals and laid on 12 assists for Dutch giants Ajax last season to underline his ability in the number ten role, and while many will point to the difference between the Eredivisie and the Premier League, it’s not a 20-goal and 11-assist difference – there’s a reason Everton spent £23.6 million on him last summer.
Thus, the 25-year-old clearly has ample ability in the central midfield role, and must look at Tosun, who has bagged two in two games and is beginning to look like the forward Everton signed for £27 million during January, in a bid to make things work at Goodison Park.
Yes, Klaassen has been the victim of poor recruitment given the Toffees signed three number tens during the summer window, but the door is now ajar following Sigurdsson’s injury for him to stake a claim for a regular starting role.
More importantly, the chance could be there for the £16.2 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) to save and potentially resurrect his Everton career.
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