The future of Davy Klaassen is a hot topic at Everton this summer. The club are looking to trim their wage bill under the guidance of new director of football Marcel Brands. Klaassen has immediately been one of the Everton players linked with a move away.
With good reason as well. The Dutchman has simply not had the impact Everton would have wanted following his £23.6 million move from Ajax last summer.
But this week Brands has told the Liverpool Echo how highly he thinks of the player. Whilst stopping short of suggesting the outcast still has an Everton future, it was indicative of a potential second chance for the Dutchman.
Which, when looking back at comments from February 2017, makes perfect sense.
Brands was still director of former club PSV Eindhoven. When asked whether he would take any of the current Ajax crop into the PSV first-team, he mentioned just one name. He told Voetbal Flitsen:
“We sometimes put the selections side by side and then we look at who we would like to exchange, but there are never a lot of them.
“Klaassen at Ajax is an excellent player, but you also see that we already have a lot of quality at the midfield.”
It is just another example of Brands being a big fan of his countryman.
Klaassen suffered last season with the fact Everton signed three identical players at the same time. He arrived along with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney. But with Rooney set to leave first-team chances may be more forthcoming for the former Ajax captain under Everton’s new management.