The Everton fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting with delight to the news that Sam Allarcye has been sacked as manager of the club, and plenty of them are hoping that Marco Silva will replace him this summer.
After months of ill-feeling and disappointment, the toxic cloud which loomed over Goodison Park has finally been lifted with the news that Allardyce will no longer manage the club. Everton supporters were pleased that he was able to steer them clear of a relegation battle, but the style of football he brought to the club did little to inspire the imagination.
Now that Allardyce has departed the Toffees, attention will now turn towards his successor, and one of the early favourites Marco Silva appears to be a perfect replacement. Unlike Allardyce, Silva would attempt to install a positive brand of football at Goodison Park – based on his time as manager of both Hull City and Watford – so the supporters should be optimistic for the future if he is eventually chosen to take the reigns at Everton.
The arrival of a new manager always gives players the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and work their way into the first-team, and one player who will be hoping to do exactly that is Davy Klaassen. The 16-time capped Dutch international (valued at £16.2 million by transfermarkt) has become something of an enigma at the club, despite arriving from Ajax with a beaming reputation after a prolific season in 2016/17 where he scored 20 goals and provided 12 assists from 50 appearances.
Klaassen failed to work his way into the first-team under Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth or Sam Allardyce, so clearly something has majorly gone wrong for him thus far. However, the quality of his form in Holland suggests that it’s too early for either the supporters or Allardyce’s successor to write him off as a flop.
If Silva joins the club then he will have plenty of difficult tasks to undertake, but restoring Klaassen’s confidence might just be the most difficult of them all. If he is able to squeeze the best form out of Klaassen and get him performing well in the Premier League on a regular basis, Everton’s creativity in the final-third would dramatically improve, so a Europa League challenge would certainly be on the cards.
Silva has the opportunity to build a lasting legacy at Everton, and if he can work a minor-miracle by enabling Klaassen to rediscover his best form next season, he would be well on his way to becoming a true legend at the club, as the 25-year-old could eventually become a hugely successful player in the club’s future, despite his dismal beginning to life on Merseyside.
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