Everton Transfers: Why Jordy Clasie Would Be the Perfect January Buy

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterOctober 24, 2012

Everton Transfers: Why Jordy Clasie Would Be the Perfect January Buy

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    Everton need to buy a new central midfielder to improve upon the current corp available to David Moyes.

    Feyenoord creator Jordy Clasie has been turning heads for a while now, and while a move would have been premature six months ago, this January seems the perfect time for him to take the next step of his new career.

    Eredivisie imports are not massively expensive as Ron Vlaar and Karim El Ahmadi have proved, so Clasie should be a hugely attractive option for the Toffees this winter.

Looking Good Elsewhere

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    First things first: Everton look very solid in every position except central midfield.

    You've got two defenders approaching world-class form in Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines, an elite disruptor in Marouane Fellaini and a top-tier striker in Nikica Jelavic.

    Tim Howard is as solid as ever, Steven Pienaar's partnership with Baines is flourishing and Seamus Coleman continues to improve.

    Where can you look to reinforce? Managers always want to make their squad better, and the only player that allow the Toffees to make the next step is a quality central midfielder.

Phil Neville Is Slowing Down

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    "He's been a fine captain and role model, and he's a great presence to have around the squad, but his days as a starter should be winding down now, especially in central midfield."

    The words of esteemed Everton Featured Columnist Matt Cheetham.

    Difficult to argue against them. If you're looking for weak points in Everton's side, look no further than Phil Neville.

    When Darron Gibson was out injured, Neville partnered Leon Osman in central midfield but looked under threat of being overrun at any given moment.

    Ten more minutes, and Manchester United probably would have cracked the nut.

Jordy Clasie: "The Dutch Xavi"

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    He has been labelled "The Dutch Xavi" (via Goal.com) thanks to his stunning exploits in the Eredivisie last season.

    As Stefan Coerts illustrates in the article above, the departures of Leroy Fer, Luc Castaignos and Georginio Wijnaldum in the summer of 2011 saw many pundits quick to predict a tough season for De Trots van Zuid.

    But the partnership Clasie formed with now-Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi was nothing short of superb, with Feyenoord finishing second behind Frank de Boer's Ajax in last year's Eredivisie.

    He's been promoted to vice-captain despite being just 21 years of age, underlining his worth to Ronald Koeman.

Physicality Is Nothing

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    Everton don't need to worry about the physical prowess of their next central midfield recruit as long as Marouane Fellaini is in the side.

    The Toffees need someone who's an expert on the ball, defines technical excellence and can make things happen.

    David Moyes relies on his left-sided tandem of Steven Pienaar and Leighton Baines to do an awful lot of the offensive work, and while that's not an issue, it's only a matter of time before someone figures out how to close them out of the game.

    Clasie is an excellent passer, has a first-class touch and displays high footballing IQ to position himself where he needs to be.

    In a way, the fact that at such a young age he's been given a leader's role in Ronald Koeman's side makes one believe he may well be the reincarnation of Joao Moutinho.