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.”
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.