Klaassen flew out to undergo a medical yesterday (Thursday) and concluded a deal a reported to be between £12m and £13m. He went straight into Bremen's team for their friendly against Arminia Bielefeld this evening and scored the opening goal.
That represents a significant loss on the £23.6m Everton paid Ajax for Klaassen's services last year but following a season in which he struggled to demonstrate he could adapt to the Premier League and a fairly unconvincing pre-season this summer, it's a move the Blues clearly feel they need to make.
The 25-year-old almost joined Napoli in the January transfer window but the transfer collapsed at the last minute.
Werder Bremen had been in the hunt for a replacement for the recently departed Thomas Delaney and see Klaassen, who captained Ajax to the Europa League Final last year, as a viable option in the No 8 role.
"It was not a positive year for me," Klaassen said reflecting on his disappointing spell at Goodison Park ... but I did have a great time with my teammates and the staff at Everton.
I want to say thank you to all the players, staff, fans, and everyone involved at Everton. I've always felt very welcome and at home. Wishing the team all the best💙 pic.twitter.com/Y7j3p5N2VX— Davy Klaassen (@DavyKlaassen) July 28, 2018
"I want to be playing week in week out and prove my abilities as a footballer. I hope I can do that here at Werder.
"I was not happy last year because I didn't play. Before I had played a game every week for five or six years.
"It's hard to say why it didn't work at Everton. The style of play was not my style of play. It's very physical and less about the strategy maybe. Everyone is physical and fast in England. It is just a different style to play. At Werder I can play my game now.“
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1 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:32:27
I for one will be following his progress in Germany and hoping he does well.
2 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:40:23
Has to be one of the most hopeless players I have even seen.
3 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:43:38
It was always on the cards we would take a heavy loss when his inevitable departure came about. It was interesting that his old club, Ajax, were never remotely interested in taking him back on a similar deal, despite him being club captain?
I wish him well, he never once moaned or sulked about the lack of first team opportunities at Goodison, some weeks he didn't even make the 16 man squad!!
I think in a few years time, we will look back and realise what an absolute tosser Koeman was at Everton, from tactics to team selection, but most of all, the amount of money squandered on players.
4 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:44:52
I will be fascinated to see how he gets on in Germany.
5 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:49:11
6 Posted 26/07/2018 at 17:56:18
7 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:05:32
Wish Davvy all the best. He never moaned or stopped trying from Ive seen. Still think theres a very good footballer in there who will emerge again if well managed in the right team.
Weve done well to shift his wages on and must now do the same with Bolasie, Williams, Martina and Mirallas to name a few.
8 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:08:57
9 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:15:18
I think of this as reducing the wage bill and getting some money into the transfer coffers than worrying about what we lost.
10 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:23:36
11 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:23:55
Certainly can't fault his attitude, or his willingness to fight for his place.
12 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:39:35
Koeman was probably as bad as Mike Walker.
13 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:43:20
Ajax could never get near his wages due to Dutch wage caps etc.
On an accounting basis we've just about broken even on him and, of course, we get him off the wage bill.
I wish him all the best as he hasn't complained, or moaned.
14 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:44:32
We are now in a similar situation with Richarlison.
15 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:45:11
16 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:53:24
17 Posted 26/07/2018 at 18:57:46
18 Posted 26/07/2018 at 19:05:41
Good luck to him, though, and I hope things get better for him.
19 Posted 26/07/2018 at 19:06:49
Koeman and Everton made him a multi-millionaire where probably his kids and their kids won't have to worry about money.
No doubt he can play in the slower less physical Dutch league – he just wasn't very good for us. Onwards.
20 Posted 26/07/2018 at 19:09:20
21 Posted 26/07/2018 at 19:19:09
He was like a really bad version of Naismith. I just don't get all this crap about he was treated poorly blah, blah I'd love to be utter shite at my job, offer nothing, refuse to go to Napoli because it would affect marketing rights, play a handful of games where I'm an embarrassment... and we make him a multi-millionaire!!
I don't want to say what I really think in case anyone is reading in Germany... Ajax made him captain to increase his value – they played a blinder.
22 Posted 26/07/2018 at 19:21:18
23 Posted 26/07/2018 at 20:28:08
24 Posted 26/07/2018 at 20:39:44
True, he isn't quite in the same category but we are paying twice as much money for a player who has failed to score since last November. We are hoping but cannot be certain that Silva will get the best out of him and the fee will be justified.
I wonder if any other manager would have paid £35m - £50m for him?
25 Posted 26/07/2018 at 20:48:45
I recommend a watch of that 2017 Europa final. It says everything and reveals him as exactly how he looked for us. He'd struggle with the pace and bustle of a library. A perfect display of how to hide from passes by staying static and close to or almost behind the nearest opponent, until the teammate in possession looks for someone else that actually wants the ball.
Not his fault he was brought here but I suspect he was shitting himself from the off.
26 Posted 26/07/2018 at 21:39:04
27 Posted 26/07/2018 at 21:39:28
28 Posted 26/07/2018 at 22:28:20
29 Posted 27/07/2018 at 09:52:55
30 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:26:16
Frees up a lot of money for new signings.
31 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:44:25
32 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:45:34
33 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:52:12
34 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:54:10
35 Posted 27/07/2018 at 10:56:23
36 Posted 27/07/2018 at 11:13:31
37 Posted 27/07/2018 at 11:37:37
You know that things aren't going well for you at a club when you can't get into a midfield as mediocre as our current crop of non-performers.
All the best, Davy.
38 Posted 27/07/2018 at 11:43:39
We have massively overspent on players even if they had performed to expectations. Most haven't. We have not been in a bidding war with other clubs in any of the cases where we shelled out huge fees for players. This makes the situation even more puzzling and me question the negotiating strategy and skills of those responsible at our club.
I had expected that the new management team and structure would deliver far better performance in the transfer market, which is why the Richarlison fee has come as such a shock.
The overspend could have been committed to the new stadium or even more players if we had bought at the going rate. I look at the diminishing expectations/specifications for the new stadium where an extra £50 million would make such a difference. If we continue on our present 'buy high, sell low' path, I doubt whether there will be a new stadium at all.
Nonetheless, I hope that Klaassen is successful at his new club and wish him all the best.
39 Posted 27/07/2018 at 11:45:34
I'll be fascinated to see if Werder Bremen can get a tune out of him. Good luck to, Davy.
40 Posted 27/07/2018 at 12:24:15
41 Posted 27/07/2018 at 12:30:48
42 Posted 27/07/2018 at 12:50:47
Maybe we could give Moyes a job as head of scouting, player acquisition, and cheque signing. His career and reputation have fallen off the edge of the world so he's available. Thing is though, he wouldn't cost us anything in a transfer fee but Everton being Everton we would probably give him £60M as a signing-on fee.
43 Posted 27/07/2018 at 12:53:22
Bottom line, he wasn't good enough, as with a number of players they have brought in during the last 10 years, and there are a few more to get shut of yet.
44 Posted 27/07/2018 at 12:54:48
I think Gana is okay. He breaks the play up but that's all he's got. For me, we don't have anyone capable of taking the game by the scruff of the neck or that can carry the ball forward and dictate play. Other teams pass through our midfield like it isn't there.
45 Posted 27/07/2018 at 13:25:51
47 Posted 27/07/2018 at 13:59:40
I remember seeing an interview with Silva when he took over at Watford and the first thing he said he knew he had to get into the side was pace and energy. This is exactly what we need, in my opinion, from a new midfielder – someone who can carry the ball forward, pick a pass, and weigh in with a few goals.
48 Posted 27/07/2018 at 14:06:19
I would love to hear your point view on your beloved Klaassen's exit!
49 Posted 27/07/2018 at 14:11:28
Didn't happen in the end. We had to let him go, he was rubbish. He was rubbish.
50 Posted 27/07/2018 at 14:16:12
51 Posted 27/07/2018 at 14:59:00
Mike (#21), no, Ajax didn't "make him captain to increase his value" – they made him captain because by every account he was a universally respected leader in their club. Even if he wasn't their best player.
It isn't his fault he lacks the natural talent to succeed in the Premier League. And it isn't his fault we overpaid for him.
52 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:00:09
I'm not comparing him to these players, as such, but if we were gifted David Silva, Xavi, even Christian Eriksen... we'd end up fucking them over too.
53 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:04:56
54 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:15:20
What would the combined loss be selling Williams, Klaassen, Bolasie, Schneiderlin and Keane?
Various estimates came up but all of them basically fell in the £35M to £60M range, Klaassen already started the ball rolling now with a 10M loss.
Personally I would give Keane another season as he is a better player than he has shown but that's by the by.
Anyway, good luck, Davy; I hope and expect you to do well in Germany.
55 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:32:42
Why the need to look back and reflect on Koeman's performance? We already know!
56 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:40:34
What an absolute shite squad we've got. Here's hoping the new regime has a bit more up their sleeve than the last two had or we are stuffed. We'll be lucky to finish top 10 with this squad, it's that bad.
57 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:52:19
How the hell do you buy young and still lose a fortune?
58 Posted 27/07/2018 at 15:52:33
The one thing I will not forgive, is that he failed to persuade the other deadwoods to follow a similar path, or follow him Pied Piper style! 🤔
59 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:12:50
60 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:14:28
What a way to spend it!
61 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:22:23
62 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:37:03
63 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:42:25
64 Posted 27/07/2018 at 16:59:45
Due diligence is not a strong suit at EFC and he joins a very long list of transfer failures:
Per Krøldrup – couldn't head a ball;
Claus Thomsen – turning circle of a super tanker but not as quick;
Stefan Rehn – came on as a sub and got subbed in same game;
And all the others... too many to mention.
Good luck to him as he did wear the royal blue and white.
65 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:10:55
I presume we're covering some wages or gave him a one-time pay-off, so the net fee we receive will actually be much less.
66 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:15:56
67 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:26:00
68 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:35:27
I'm guessing we just about come out of it with a zero balance sheet. It's a shame we couldn't have capitalised on it. Nice one Koeman, superb legacy you have left us.
69 Posted 27/07/2018 at 17:49:44
I thought you guys from the 80's were known as Steel Blues, there was definitely a fan club then, when we were winning things. I'm an ‘authentic' blue but I have lived in Sheffield for 18 years. Some guys I used to work with told me about the Steel Blues, but I think the 1990's killed it.
Revive it, mate. Go for it. I'll sign up. However, if we sell Pickford to Chelsea I'm out for good. Because seriously, what is the point then? You can't help being negative as an Evertonian but I'm trying to stay positive.
Klaassen needs to be the first of ten departures, and five ruthless, skillful winners need to come in, hopefully in the next two weeks. Even then, Silva will struggle to integrate the team, and I'm prepared for another long hard season. But I believe Silva needs at least two seasons, and that's what I'm ready to give him, even if this campaign is really poor.
But I'm sure it won't be, there will be signs of something progressing. Please, God...
71 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:20:43
Heey, Davy, you know your problem, you just weren't playing for Man City. Instead, you were not man enough for the Premier derriere, too Dutch – not butch. No matter your skills were wasted in a chips, mayonnaise and saveloy of a team, dreamt up in a Moshiri-Walsh-Koeman slow-food diner (let's not forget Bill – he must be in there somewhere).
Thank goodness you never appeared in the black and pink – it would have pushed half of ToffeeWeb to the brink. Some here mocked rumours of your image rights – believe me, the ToffeeWeb "let's be a ruthless, steeely, manly business cut and cull, "Who cares about brutal billionaire oligarchs?" Let's kick everyone in sight, back four are kicking the life out of your afterimage, hacking you down at the back.
But, don't doubt, there are many here who appreciated you, wished we had unwrapped a genuine School of Science toffee transfer and now genuinely wish you the best. Davy, good luck at Werder Bremen. Sorry we wasted your time.
72 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:22:02
Well done to to all the supporters on here showing some class. Just another dozen to get shut of...
73 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:28:14
If (as we all seem to agree) this is correct... Why the hell are questions of everyone involved not being asked and more heads rolling?!?
Throwing away £10m with such a simple mistake? If this was Walsh's and Koeman's fault, Moshiri and Kenwright should be at least coming out and apologising for the utter shambles that resulted in them employing such incompetent staff and then following it up with the employment of the Gravy monster and some of his purchases.
I remember having some optimism last year for about two weeks. This year, I hope the total lack of optimism I feel is balanced out with some solid management and players who actually give a shit about wearing Royal Blue.
74 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:33:33
75 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:36:04
Good luck, mate.
76 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:37:59
Koeman doesn't use his Kloggs, the club in my view must have deemed Davy Klassen was beyond coaching.
You don't become a bad player overnight... but, day by day, it must have been a massive jolt to his mojo.
I hope he does well at Werder Bremen; interesting to see how he fares.
Good luck in Germany... if only 12 months on and it does feel that the life is being squeezed out the club.
I hope we don't loose Pickford!
77 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:49:12
78 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:53:22
Did Moshiri learn? Nope! Still a few more (waste of space) to get rid of. Mr Sandro, step this way please.
Good luck to them? No way! They have enough of that already.
79 Posted 27/07/2018 at 18:58:07
80 Posted 27/07/2018 at 19:05:39
It seems rare recently that anyone expensive plays well for us actually. Lukaku, Fellaini and perhaps Yakubu bucked the trend.
81 Posted 27/07/2018 at 19:43:01
Will we get a percentage, Bill? Nooo, this is Everton!
82 Posted 27/07/2018 at 19:46:59
83 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:00:47
84 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:12:34
Goodbye to £9 million... again, waste of money and time.
85 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:24:18
Show us what you got Silva etc. How deep is your pocket Mosh... feel sorry for em.
86 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:27:53
87 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:38:27
88 Posted 27/07/2018 at 20:42:01
89 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:20:42
90 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:23:27
Fellow Toffees, Ever thought (nothing but the best thoughts) about the nightclub where your mate pulls the bird you fancied? (Apologies Everton Women – no real excuse but I'm trying to reach some of my brothers.)
Move on – next! You bought her 9 million drinks! You were robbed! Move on! But she was looking gorgeous wasn't she – let's not be technical, maybe that's part of why it hurts. The German got her. Maybe that's why she had to be a bit below your level, so yes, move on!
Hey guys, I know we are talking Davy here, but show some steel, be strong, use your arms to embrace the loss of what might have been!
91 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:29:12
He was as much a victim of Everton's wasteful transfer policy last season as a symtom of it. Like many, I wanted him to come good for us, but it simply never did.
I saw one live game at Goodison Park last year – the cup game against Sunderland. I wrote of that night that, based on the performances of that game alone, Davies looked a better option than Klaassen.
Now Davies had a poor season second time out, but, over the course of the season, he still remained the preferred option to Klaassen. I think Davy has the ability. Now we will discover if he has the capacity and resilience to rebuild his career elsewhere.
Worth taking a hit on the fee to free up his salary and squad berth.
92 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:36:18
93 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:43:21
Regarding those comparing Richarlison to him, get a grip. The lad, aged 20, played 67, yes 67, senior league or junior international games in the calendar year 2017, without a week's break. Might explain why he was fucked in late November last year, and carried forward to the end of last season, in which he played every Watford game.
I only saw the last 15 mins last night, and he did enough to convince me he will be a player. We just need another 6 to go with him, Jordan, Seamus, Gana and Gylfi.
94 Posted 27/07/2018 at 21:46:54
Klaassen by his own admission feels that Werder Bremen will play to his strengths. That was never going to happen at Everton last season. It was a side in transition and no-one, the managers included, knew what the best side was. Also having Sigurdsson and Rooney, the record buy and prodigal son, he never stood much of a chance!
I really hope he does well in Germany. I wouldn't normally want a player to prove us wrong after losing £10m on a transfer, but Davy was a victim of circumstance and wanted to succeed at Everton as much as we wanted him to.
95 Posted 28/07/2018 at 00:18:16
96 Posted 28/07/2018 at 03:08:04
The difference for me is two-fold:
1. He never had anyone looking for that first-time pass. Players needed three touches before they bothered offering themselves.
2. He was expected to do a defensive job and physically wasn't up to that.
I feel like a broken record on this topic but it's very rare that players make it to this level without having ability. The question is whether a team can play to their strengths. Klaassen's strengths never fitted our style of play and his weaknesses were exposed. A total transfer and team management blunder. Bought the wrong guy and then played him wrong.
This is where a DoF comes in. Pick a style of play and then choose players who have those attributes.
It's basically why Leicester were able to do what they did. For example, if you're going to sit deep, have two grocks at the back to clear everything. No point paying for a cultured centre-back there where his skills are negated.
Us? We play immobile defenders high up the pitch! We pick strikers with limited pace and then play long balls over the top. We haven't made any sense for a long time.
Over to you, Mr Brands.
97 Posted 28/07/2018 at 03:35:05
98 Posted 28/07/2018 at 03:57:37
99 Posted 28/07/2018 at 04:00:07
100 Posted 28/07/2018 at 05:49:21
101 Posted 28/07/2018 at 07:31:12
Remember Beardsley? Always one step ahead of the Everton players around him. It wasn't that he'd played a shit pass; it was actually a great pass, just the player who was supposed to be on the end of it wasn't because they couldn't think ahead.
Good footballers find space on or off the ball. We seem obsessed with pace, power & running with the ball, hence players like Bolasie, Walcott, and Zaha.
Clearly, it's why we are so successful and the top 6 + Euro elites are so jam-packed with English players full of "Premier League experience"(yawn), right.
102 Posted 28/07/2018 at 09:48:11
Well done for the Blues on here for showing a bit a class.
103 Posted 28/07/2018 at 13:49:45
Whilst I would agree that we are an average if not below-average team, to excuse Klaassen on this, I cannot agree with. Shou playing with players below Klassens level.
Where he showed up well is playing in a slow-paced league without any pressure applied; that is a level below Premier League standard at Club Ajax who are miles ahead of most other Dutch Clubs.
104 Posted 28/07/2018 at 16:36:07
105 Posted 29/07/2018 at 16:06:08
Well, good luck, Davy.
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