Davy Klaassen, Everton Agree to 5-Year Contract After €27 Million Transfer

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 18:  Davy Klaassen of Ajax reacts to mised chance on goal during the Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven held at Amsterdam Arena on December 18, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Davy Klaassen completed his transfer from Ajax to Everton on Thursday, penning a five-year deal with his new club.

News that the switch had gone through came via the Toffees' official website.

The move means Klaassen leaves the Dutch giants after 13 years, as he joined the Ajax academy in 2004. The midfielder went on to captain the Amsterdam outfit and won three Eredivisie titles during his time with the team.

Everton will provide the 24-year-old with the opportunity to test himself at a higher level and in a new division. Klaassen has earned that chance.

In the Eredivisie in 2016-17, the midfielder netted an impressive 14 goals and grabbed nine assists, excelling at the hub of a vibrant young team.

Per WhoScored.com, that's a haul no other midfielder in the league could match:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Davy Klaassen: No midfielder was directly involved in more goals than Klaassen (23 - 14 goals, 9 assists) in the Eredivisie last season https://t.co/wnmygiN5b0

Additionally, the Netherlands international has shown brilliant leadership from the middle of the park, helping Ajax progress into last season's UEFA Europa League final.

As we can see here, he was often the senior figure in a fledgling outfit:

B/R Football @brfootball

For the biggest league game of the season, @AFCAjax have named the youngest-ever starting XI in Eredivisie history (20 years, 139 days) https://t.co/ke99fYiQKP

Klaassen was always seeking to take responsibility as a result. On the ball, he's a sound performer, able to distribute intelligently and dribble his way out of tight spaces. But his game, in the main, is about attacking from midfield.

In a midfield trio at Ajax, he was the man most likely to break forward in support of striker Kasper Dolberg and seek to get on the end of chances in the box. Klaassen is a tremendous finisher and composed when shifting the ball in and around the penalty area.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - APRIL 02:  Davy Klaassen of Ajax reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax Amsterdam and Feyenoord at Amsterdam ArenA on April 2, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulo
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As noted by Patrick Boyland of The Blue Room, it means Klaassen's arrival will most likely need to be supplemented by the Toffees:

Patrick Boyland @Paddy_Boyland

Klaassen would add goals & fight from attacking midfield. Not a creator though, so player of Sigurdsson's ilk still necessary. #EFC

The Dutchman may not be a quintessential Ajax graduate in terms of technique and flair, but he has showcased the focus, determination and instincts needed to be a big success elsewhere. 

He will not conjure an opportunity out of nothing. Nor is he likely to breeze past a couple of defenders and lash a shot into the top corner. Still, Klaassen has the attributes needed to be a decisive asset for his new club.


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