THE Everton future of Ross Barkley has been plunged into even deeper doubt with the club’s capture of Ajax midfielder and skipper Davy Klaassen.
Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has long been a fan of the 24-year-old Dutch international. He seems to be running out of patience with Barkley though.
The young England midfielder has looked a shadow of the player who set the Premier League alight when he first burst onto the scene.
Talks over a new contract continue to stall so Koeman has decided to act. Hence the £23.6million signing of Klaassen on a five-year deal.
Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs today comments that Barkley’s days at Goodison are over. Many would echo those thoughts.
When he was called on by Koeman last season he didn’t look happy soul – and rarely showed his true form.
Now we hear that Tottenham are interested in signing him, and that might seem a good fit on the surface.
But will Barkley and Dele Alli work as a midfielder partnership? And will the ‘angry brothers’ collide? Time will tell.
For now, Koeman’s concern is reinvigorating his squad in an attempt to improve on last season’s seventh-placed position. He wants Champions League football, not just Europa League.
Following the signing of Jordan Pickford, Everton have sealed the deal for Ajax skipper Klaassen who has scored 49 goals in 163 appearances since making his debut for the Dutch giants in 2011.
The three-times title winner says of his move to Goodison: “It is difficult to leave Ajax but I think this is a good step for me now.”
Quoted on Everton’s official website – http://www.evertonfc.com/news – Klaassen added: “The moment that I spoke with the manager directly I got a good feeling. He is an honest guy, we talked about the club, about the way he wants to play and that gave me a positive feeling.”
Koeman said: “He is a player who is only 24 but has a lot of experience and is a leader on the pitch. He has already captained Ajax for two seasons and that shows you the type of person he is.”