Between The Lines: Klaassen not happy with lack of appreciation during Everton spell

Former Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen has been speaking to Dutch media outlet Telegraaf about his time on Merseyside and the differences between that spell and the one with current club Werder Bremen, and the Dutchman has suggested that he felt underappreciated at Goodison Park.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Everton signed the now 25-year-old from Ajax in a £23.6m deal during the summer of 2017 when Ronald Koeman was in charge, and it seemed as though it was a genius move by the Toffees given he had scored 55 goals and provided a further 38 assists in 180 appearances for the Eredivisie giants.

However, he failed to make a similar impact for the Merseyside outfit and after making just 16 appearances in total, departed for the Bundesliga last summer.

Speaking to Telegraaf, via The Liverpool Echo, Klaassen said: “I am very happy here, I really enjoy it.

“Because I play everything, but also because I am appreciated. We have a great team and the Bundesliga is a fantastic competition.

“I have not regretted my move from Everton to Werder Bremen for a second.”

What do his comments suggest?

Basically that he wasn’t happy with the way he was treated with Everton, which is understandable.

While the Netherlands international may have visibly struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League at first – of course the pace of the game here can take some getting used to – rather than being given a chance he was usually cast aside by the likes of Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce before his exit.

Klaassen’s comments suggests the support he has from Bremen was something he didn’t get at Goodison Park, and it is hard to disagree with him as he surely deserved more of a chance for a team that weren’t doing particularly well at the time.

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