Saints be praised, Davy Klaassen is an Everton player no longer.
The Dutch midfielder has today brought his excruciating Goodison torpor to an end by completing a £12million to Werder Bremen, almost exactly one year since he signed for the Toffees from Ajax for £24.3million.
Klaassen was originally signed by Ronald Koeman, who was sacked two months later and proceeded to make just seven Premier League appearances without completing a single 90-minute shift while falling completely out of favour under Sam Allardyce.
The 25-year-old may have seen his transfer value slashed in half over the course of 12 months (and 250 minutes of league football), but at least he’s free again…
— SV Werder Bremen EN (@werderbremen_en) 27 July 2018
While it’s difficult to know precisely what went awry for Klaassen at Everton, it’s likely just an extremely unfortunate combination of him being the wrong player, playing under the wrong manager at the wrong club at the wrong time.
He wasn’t a chosen Allardyce signing and isn’t a tough, physical, combative midfielder – so was highly unlikely to ever get a look in during a season of hard knocks and inartistic toil.
Lo, he leaves without fanfare, though you have to feel that better things lie in wait elsewhere.
After all, there’s a reason Koeman paid the best part of £25million.