When Ronald Koeman was handed a summer spend to change Everton’s fortune in the league and establish the team as a top-six regular, it seemed the Dutch manager was bringing in some impressive established names to Merseyside and his fellow countryman Davy Klaassen seemed precisely that, to begin with.
It was only a year ago the former Ajax captain had helped guide his side all the way to the Europa League final, just to be beaten 2-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
However, Klaassen was one of the standout players in Ajax’s European campaign, and the £24 million fee, as reported by the Telegraph, initially seemed a bargain.
The Netherlands midfielder had made 163 appearances, scoring 49 goals, since his debut for Ajax in 2011, winning three Eredivisie titles.
The transfer seemed to be the perfect fit for both parties. However, the 2016 Dutch Footballer of the Year has endured nothing short of a nightmare start on Merseyside.
Featuring only three times in the league for the Toffees this season (all from the bench) it seems impossible to believe that such an established player would fall so fast.
Without a goal and the faith of his current manager, it seems difficult to see a future at the club for the 25-year-old.
After a loan deal to Napoli broke down in January, it seemed rock bottom for the Dutchman and an early exit would be on the cards.
It is fair to say, transfers such as Klaasen represent the lack of immediate impact that inevitably cost Koeman his job as Everton fell into the relegation places back in October.
The 54-year-old manager, who guided Everton to seventh place in his first season in charge last term, paid the price for a poor start to this season despite having spent approximately £140 million in the summer.
With the mood in the Everton camp looking more toxic each week and the uncertainty to who will be in charge next season, it remains to be seen where Klaasen will be playing his football following the summer.
A move back to Ajax could be a possibility with the Dutch giants fully aware of the midfielder’s initial talents that lured him away from the Europa League finalists in the first place.
However, despite one of the worst seasons for a Premier League debutant to date, there are still success stories that represent how it can take time to adapt to the world’s most physically demanding league.
The PFA Player of the Year and current Ballon d’Or favourite Mohamed Salah is a testament to that.
The Egyptian winger struggled to early life in England with only six Premier League starts following his £11 million move to Chelsea back in 2014.
After leaving on a permanent move to Roma two years later, it wasn’t that long ago people were labelling Salah as one of the great Premier League flops.
It is no secret there needs to be a serious reshuffle for Everton over the summer if their league fortunes are to change next season.
Despite Klaassen being the club’s biggest disappointment this season, a player of his experience could be given another season to thrive from previous misfortune.