Everton fans have been reacting on Twitter to the performance of Davy Klaassen after he was axed from the senior squad and sent to play for the Under-23s side on Monday night.
Klaassen, 25, has not made an appearance in the senior side since December having been constantly overlooked by manager Sam Allardyce despite him costing the club £23.6million in the summer when he signed from Ajax.
The Netherlands international has barely kicked a ball all season after being cut from the senior squad almost instantly, and perhaps unfairly with just three Premier League starts to his name.
However the ex-Ajax star was in good form against Swansea in Premier League 2 on Monday night before he was subbed off in the 70th minute.
Everton fans were happy to see the outcast do well, with one saying it’s a “disgrace” that he has not had more chances to improve his match fitness before now.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Looks good on the ball but lacked match sharpness. Good performance for someone who hasn't played in monthsm
— EvertonViking (@EvertonViking) March 5, 2018
Did well first half faded the second . Was always going to after being held hostage somewhere nobody knows for 3 months
— banter club (@goodisonblue2) March 5, 2018
Hopefully Klaassen plays the next couple U23 games and manages to get a first team run by end of season
— DANNO (@DANNOJ1878) March 6, 2018
About bloody time klaassen played and we won NSNO https://t.co/PKsPkM17k5
— hratefc (@Hrat20) March 6, 2018
Good with possession. Neat
— Usmanov1878 (@usmanov1878) March 5, 2018
Disgrace Klaassen not given games before to gain match sharpness. Pity media not taken Allardyce to task on it before now. Living in some nightmare just now with him in charge. Hopefully wake up soon and it’s over
— Graeme McVeigh (@GraemeMcV) March 5, 2018
Klaaseen has made just 13 appearances in all competitions for Everton with more than half of them coming in the Europa League.
He has played just four times in the Premier League and has not been selected by any of Ronald Koeman, Unsworth or Sam Allardyce to play in the top-flight since September.
The Dutch playmaker clearly has talent, but it seems that he has a long way to go to prove that he can play for the Blues first-team once again.