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Everton have no choice but to stick by Sandro and Davy Klaassen

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Transfer business completed by Everton in the summer of 2017 has largely been considered a catastrophe for the costly and high profile flops that Ronald Koeman brought to Goodison Park, but chairman Bill Kenwright has vowed to stick by his men.

Midfielder Davy Klaassen and forward Sandro Ramirez, in particular, have been picked out for criticism, having played only 74 minutes of Premier League football since October.

“It’s not only been a tough season, of course, for the supporters, the directors, the team management but for some of the players,” Kenwright said at Everton’s annual award ceremony, known as the Dixies, and reported by the Liverpool Echo.

“I am part of the team that brings them in and gives them the Everton talk and all of those players, every single one of them who signed for us last summer, were determined, determined to wear that blue jersey with pride and become, hopefully, legendary Evertonians.

“Some of them have had spectacular success, like England’s No1 goalkeeper, Michael Keane is doing well and others have found the transition tough but people like Davy Klaassen, Sandro, Nikola Vlasic they’ve come here to give their all, they’re still good players and they’ll still be Everton players next season.”

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Klaassen joined at a high price of £23.6 million and struggled to live up to it with one assist from 14 games. Under Sam Allardyce, he has only made the 18 man matchday squad on three occasions and if the former England boss is to stay it would be a surprise if his days are not numbered.

The ex-Ajax captain has struggled to adapt to the tempo and aggression of Premier League football with nowhere near as much time on the ball as he had in Holland, failing to earn a chance in the team since he was dropped in September.

At such a high price only last summer and having put pen to paper on a five-year contract, it’s hard to see how anyone would be able to afford to sign him unless Everton were to allow him to return to Holland in a cheap deal purely to get him off the books. Such a move would be humiliating for the club.

The striker is a slightly different case. Currently on loan at Sevilla, Sandro has done little to help his market value. Signed for only £5.2 million last summer, that deal was considered a bargain and far below what he was worth.

Since joining Everton from Malaga, he has made just 13 starts in all competitions, and only four since joining Sevilla in January, with only one goal to show for his efforts this season.

Whereas selling him back to Spain at a profit may have been feasible, it is hard to imagine many clubs having been impressed by his poor form for the recently sacked Vincenzo Montella at in Seville.

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Everton loan watch: Garbutt woes continue, Onyekuru scores, Martina must wait

Everton saw Henry Onyekuru net his first goal of a loan spell at Galatasaray this weekend.

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As Everton defeated Southampton 2-1 at Goodison Park, how are those away from the club on loan getting on?

Luke Garbutt – Oxford United

The left-back’s poor form continued this week. He was hauled off after 62 minutes as Oxford United lost their third game in a row in League One, 4-1 to Portsmouth.

He might find himself out of the team for the midweek clash with Accrington Stanley.

Henry Onyekuru – Galatasaray

A day to remember for the Nigerian forward. He scored his first goal for his new club. It also proved to be the winner in a 1-0 triumph over Goztepe.

Shani Tarashaj – Grasshoppers

Was not in the matchday squad as Grasshoppers changed things up for a Swiss Challenge Cup match v lower league opposition SC Buochs.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Cuco Martina of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ashley Williams and Cuco Martina – Stoke City

The Potters are still looking for their first win of the season. They fought to a 2-2 draw with Preston North End this weekend.

Martina was not in the squad. However, Williams started and finished the game.

Antonee Robinson and Callum Connolly – Wigan Athletic

Wigan drew 2-2 with Nottingham Forest this weekend. Both men featured. Robinson played the full 90 minutes, whilst Connolly came on for the final 15.

Nikola Vlasic – CSKA Moscow

The young Croatian played 80 minutes on his debut for the Russian side. CSKA defeated Arsenal Tula 3-0.

Kevin Mirallas – Fiorentina

La Viola’s opening game of the season at Sampdoria was postponed following the tragic Genoa bridge collapse. Genoa’s game with AC Milan was also postponed following a state of emergency being called for the city.

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Cenk Tosun is an excellent leaving gift for Everton from Sam Allardyce

The Turkish striker has been in fine form for Everton.

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Everton have enjoyed a decent start to the new season. The Toffees have a draw and a win from their opening two games. However, it is the style of football and the positive attitude that has Everton fans enjoying watching their side once again after a dire 2017-18.

Ronald Koeman clearly lost the dressing room and his replacement Sam Allardyce lost the fanbase. The latter may have kept Everton in the Premier League, but no Evertonian was disappointed to see ‘Big Sam’ get the boot.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 11: Cenk Tosun of Everton during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton FC at Molineux on August 11, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

However, he has left Everton with a player who is quickly winning fans over at Goodison Park. In January, Allardyce pushed for a new striker and got his man with the £27 million signing of Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.

After a slow start, the Turkish star came into his own last season and, despite being goalless this term, has been excellent.

It is no coincidence that Everton’s other two attackers, Richarlison and Theo Walcott have been in such impressive form so far. Tosun’s link-up play and hard work have allowed them to thrive and that has helped him swiftly become a firm fan favourite among the Everton fans.

Now, if Tosun can start scoring some more regular goals, he could be a fantastic leaving present from Allardyce.

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