Davy Klaassen is making the move from Ajax to Everton for a reported €27 million. The move is just the latest for the Toffees, who have been busy early in the summer. Jordan Pickford has already been announced as their new goalkeeper and M'Baye Niang is reportedly close to a deal too.
Everton are spending early and they're spending big, but how does this Klaassen deal look?
Romelu Lukaku carried the Everton attack on his back last season and, whether he stays or goes, the Toffees really need to add pieces to generate more goals. That Ross Barkley could be on the way out too means that there will be at least one, if not two holes, to go along with the need for upgrades. In signing Klaassen, Everton have identified a need and worked to address it.
Klaassen comes to Everton with plenty of experience. The 24-year-old made his Ajax debut six years ago and helped the team to the Europa League final this season. He also has 14 Netherlands caps. Toss in that he's shown himself capable as a deeper lying midfield geared toward springing the transition to go along with his primary role as an out-and-out attacking midfielder who does the bulk of his work within 30 yards of goal and Everton have themselves a player who can play a couple roles in boosting the attack.
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There is fair reason to question whether Klaassen is even a Premier League quality player, let alone one good enough for a team that fancies itself an outside contender for a top-four spot like Everton. He's done pretty well in the Eredivisie, but it's an easy league to be an attacker in and he's gone MIA against some of the better teams he's played against for club and country. That he was so ineffective against Manchester United in the Europa League final wasn't a one off -- there's reason to believe he's at that level when it comes to top competition.
A player whose passing isn't sublime, can't dictate tempo and has never hit 15 goals in a domestic season, despite playing in the Eredivisie, doesn't scream future star. And at 24 years old, this is pretty much the player he's going to be.
Does Klaassen make Everton better? It's hard to believe that's the case. There aren't many, if any, Premier League teams you could confidently say he improves on Day 1, and the Toffees shelled out €27 million for him.
Yes, the transfer market is inflated and €27 million is almost pedestrian for a player that a team thinks can walk into the starting lineup, but is Klassen one of those players? Everton are making a big leap of faith here.