Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands has had his say on Davy Klaassen, with the midfielder’s future at the club uncertain. The attacking midfielder joined the Blues from Ajax in a £25 million deal last summer as the Blues looked to add his goalscoring punch to their ranks.
He struggled to find a role or make an impact at Goodison Park, though, and finished the campaign with just 16 appearances in all competitions to his name and struggling to even make the bench.
With Brands recently admitting that numerous players will have to leave this summer to reduce a bloated squad and wage bill, it has been suggested Klaassen will be allowed to depart.
Indeed recent reports from Turkey have suggested that the Dutch international is on the verge of a move to Besiktas.
However, new comments from Brands suggest that he is an admirer of Klaassen from his time in Holland.
“I can only tell you from when he played in Holland.
“He was a very good player. He was the captain of Ajax, a clever player, a good goalscorer, but last season, there were players in his position, so it was very difficult.”
Whether these comments translate to Klaassen being given a chance to impress in pre-season remains to be seen but it is certainly looking positive.
Him recently saying Everton is ‘home’ and that he can’t wait for the season to start suggest he believes he has a shot while Brands is certainly aware of the abilities he possesses and will have passed that onto Marco Silva.
However, doubts remain about where he fits into the starting 11, particularly in the 4-3-3 Silva has stated he will play and with him on big wages Everton may find it easier to loan (and eventually sell) than shoehorn him in as Ronald Koeman tried to do.