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Klaassen ready to fight for his place at Everton

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Netherlands midfielder has struggled to adapt to the Premier League

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Despite his early struggles on Merseyside Davy Klaassen is ready to fight for his place at Everton, according to the player’s agent.

There were high hopes for Klaassen when he made the £23.6m move from Ajax to Goodison Park in the summer.

The 24-year-old had scored 20 goals from midfield the previous season and was captain of an Ajax side that reached the final of the Europa League.

Sadly, things have just not worked out for the Netherlands international so far. Klaassen has struggled to adapt to the rigours of the English game and quickly found himself out of the side after a series of below-par performances.

Klaassen has played just 180 minutes of Premier League football this season, with his last league appearance coming against Bournemouth in September.

Since then he has been restricted to Europa League games and hasn’t featured at all since the start of December.

That has led to speculation Klaassen could move on this month, even if it was on loan.

However, a report on the website of Dutch paper Algemeen Dagblad claims Klaassen isn’t ready to give up on his Toffees career just yet.

The report contains quotes from Klaassen’s agent Soren Lerby, who says he has “not heard anything from club management” about a possible departure for Klaassen this month.

Lerby also goes on to say:

“Of course Davy is not satisfied with his role. But he wants to fight for his chance.”

Most Evertonians would love to see Klaassen succeed or at the very least be given a chance.

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The team’s struggles this season and the subsequent disruption caused by Ronald Koeman’s departure have made it very difficult for new signings such as Klaassen to settle in.

It would be a huge disappointment to see the club give up on him so quickly after so little football.

With the Toffees having little to play for apart from survival between now and the end of the season, manager Sam Allardyce may have more room to experiment with his line up, perhaps offering Klaassen a lifeline.

The Premier League is a tough league to adapt to and some players take longer than others.

By wanting to fight for his place it suggests Klaassen at least has the attitude to succeed and just needs to be given a fair chance.

Only then can we truly judge whether he is good enough to stay on Merseyside for the long term.