For some time now, clear links with Davy Klaassen moving from AFC Ajax have been prominent. A Dutch international and an Ajax captain, the midfielder has been one of the star turns in his home nation and for his national side. However, with the UEFA Europa League final defeat, it looks like he has decided it is time to move on and try something new. According to many sources, it looks like his move might be one that is a touch surprising – to Everton in England.
With former Dutch legend Ronald Koeman in charge at the Blues, though, it does not seem quite so strange as it might first sound. A deeply effective midfielder who oozes class, scores goals and is sound in possession, he’ll be the perfect replacement for the likely-to-depart Ross Barkley.
As one young talent departs, though, he is likely to be replaced by a player with far more pedigree and achievement in the game at a similar age. Having been around the first-time in Amsterdam for some time, Klaassen has become a mainstay both at home and in the international side, becoming a vital part of the long-term improvement that has been seen at Ajax.
However, it looks like he’s finished in Holland – for now, at least. With a move to Everton, he’s going to a side with ambition but realistic expectation. There, he can showcase his talents under a spotlight that isn’t too bright, and adjust to life outside of the top tier in Holland. As he gets used to the challenges ahead, though, Everton fans should remember that this is a player with immense patience and class on the ball.
Therefore, a slow setting in period should not be seen as prohibitive. Klaassen carries a poise and intellect that is rare in such a midfielder. He’s strong enough and fit enough to get around the pitch while offering an exceptional level of quality on the ball. With 14 goals and 9 assists in the league as well as a fantastic level of performance in Europe, he’s ready.