Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen has once again admitted that Everton were not the ‘right club’ for him, despite everyone thinking the move was positive for the player at the time.
Klaassen joined Everton in a £24.3m deal from Ajax back in July 2017 as part of a big summer rebuild by the Blues that year.
His arrival at Goodison Park was hotly anticipated by the Blues, who were excited to be getting the midfielder after his impressive performances for the Dutch side in the Europa League.
However, the move turned out to be a complete failure for all involved, with the Dutchman failing to impress either Ronald Koeman or his replacement Sam Allardyce.
Indeed, he would manage just 16 appearances and 820 minutes of football in total across his sole season on Merseyside before departing Everton for Werder Bremen in 2018.
It’s a topic the midfielder has not been shy of speaking about in the intervening years, and he’s done so again for Ajax Life Magazine.
“I have become more complete as a football player,” he told them, relayed by Ajax Showtime.
“Abroad, I learned aspects of football that you don’t learn so quickly at Ajax, the way you would like them to, so you have to take a different approach.
“I wanted to see and try something different. In retrospect, you can say that Everton was not the right club, but at that time, everyone thought it was a good step. Me too.
“I have learned that it is better not to plan anymore. You never know how it will go.
“I wasn’t much of a planner, but after the last few years I don’t do it at all anymore.”