Did Everton jump the gun over rejuvenated Davy Klaassen?
Everton manager Marco Silva has done many things right at the club so far this season.
The Portuguese tactician has instilled new hope and optimism around the place, after the struggles under Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce last term.
The Toffees are going well in eighth, and the brand of football has definitely improved.
The club appear to have turned a corner under Silva, and a number of players have improved their form following his arrival.
And perhaps one man who might have seen a renaissance under his guidance, but was ultimately not given the chance, is Davy Klaassen.
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Klaassen was signed by fellow countryman Koeman in the summer of 2017, but he very quickly lost his way at Goodison Park.
The former Ajax star was frozen out by Koeman, and any hope of a new lease of life under Allardyce was quickly extinguished.
For one reason or another, Klaassen just couldn’t earn himself a chance to shine in the Premier League, and the decision was taken to sell him for just £12 million just one year after his move to England.
Werder Bremen is his new home, and he has now enjoyed a renaissance.
He’s managed three goals and two assists in 17 appearances in total for the Bundesliga outfit, and has achieved an impressive average match rating of 6.96 so far (WhoScored).
Being only 25, perhaps Silva and Marcel Brands were a little bit hasty in letting him leave. He could have eventually emerged as a successor to Gylfi Sigurdsson.
They will have their reasons for making the decision, but Silva’s effect on a number of other players in the squad suggests that maybe Klaassen was far from finished at Everton.
He didn’t turn into a bad player overnight for the Toffees, perhaps it simply boiled down to a lack of faith in him to perform.