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Allardyce open to loan exit for out-of-favour Everton midfielder

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Klaassen should really be playing.. somewhere

Everton FC v Olympique Lyon - UEFA Europa League Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

UPDATE:

Plenty of journalists are now reporting that Serie A leaders Napoli have shown interest in getting Klaassen on a loan for the rest of this season. If Paul Joyce has given it his stamp of approval, that’s good enough for us.


Of all the players Everton splashed out on during last summer’s spending spree, Davy Klaassen has the most reason to feel aggrieved. Largely ignored by manager after manager as the Toffees stumbled through the season, the Dutchman continues to be on the far fringes of the squad, failing to make even a matchday squad in months.

Quite why a Europa League finalist and captain of one of the biggest clubs in Europe has come to this situation we will never know, but Sam Allardyce has offered the player a lifeline with his latest comments, as reported by the Mirror.

“Because he has never appeared on the subs bench it would be better benefit for him and the club if he moved on, just on loan.

“He is quite willing to sit and stay and fight for his place but at this moment he is better going out and playing some football. I think that would benefit him and give him the opportunity to play.”

When asked why the Blues wouldn’t just cut ties and sell him outright, Allardyce added -

“Because maybe next season he might be good enough.

“You look how many players don’t make it in their first season from abroad. There are hundreds and hundreds of them. And at every club. Given a full pre-season and then you wait and see.”

Klaassen has appeared off the boil in the few games that he has played, and has struggled to keep up with the pace and physical nature of the Premier League. However, his talent is indeed undoubted and he could really use a spark, which a loan to a competitive league would bring.

Davy Klaassen characteristics (from 2016-17)
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In recent days, there appears to have been interest in Klaassen from Italy, with the rumour mill saying that the Blues have offered him to Inter Milan as part of a straight swap for Marcelo Brozovic. Today more rumours have appeared that Napoli, who were keen on the player when Everton signed him last season, could be interested again in getting him.

Whatever happens, there’s just one more day left before the January transfer window closes, and we can only hope that Everton does what’s right for both the club and the player.