Just months after Everton were the benefactors of lethal striker Cenk Tosun and the goodwill of millions of Turkish fans of the club Besiktas, the Blues will look to repay them with a loan of attacking midfielder Davy Klaassen.
As is being reported by Turkish outlet ASpor, Everton are offering the Black Eagles the Dutchman on a two-year deal, but there has no mention of a outright sale option. Klaassen struggled mightily at the beginning of the season, failing to adapt to the pace and physicality of the Premier League as Everton lurched to one bad result after another under the weight of a challenging schedule and Ronald Koeman’s tactical inflexibility.
Signed from Ajax Amsterdam for a princely sum of £26 million during last summer’s spending spree after leading the Dutch side to the Europa League final, he flopped hard before getting cast out of the starting lineup even before the leaves turned late last year.
A January transfer window move to Napoli was mooted, but ultimately fell through due to some odd sponsorship regulations, drawing the ire of Sam Allardyce who had appeared to be relieved to be rid of him.
Throughout the exile though he remained a model professional and was finally reintegrated with the matchday squad towards the end of the season when Everton had basically nothing to play for and it appeared Big Sam was only playing him in a bid to deflect the derision being directed at the manager.
With the new management team of Marco Silva and Marcel Brands in place, it had appeared that Klaassen would be given another chance to show his worth, but now it looks like they have seen enough. Brands of course will be very familiar with his countryman, having been in charge at Ajax’s bitter rivals PSV Eindhoven, so the fact that the new Director of Football is not clamoring for him to stay likely means he sees no future for him in Silva’s 4-3-3 system.