'Lacklustre' - Cascarino slaughters Everton 24-year-old for early season form
By Aramide Oladipo
Tony Cascarino has slammed Everton summer signing Davy Klaassen for his disappointing start to life in England.
The 24-year-old completed a permanent deal to Goodison Park from Dutch outfit Ajax during the summer transfer window for a reported fee of £24million.
The attacking midfielder has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and Cascarino has graded the Dutchman as the club’s worst summer recruit, rating him as a “3/10”.
Writing in his column for the Times, Cascarino was criticised every new Everton player but he singled out Klaassen as a huge disappointment.
“I think they are the worst group of signings in the history of the Premier League — he’s spent nearly £140 million and, apart from Jordan Pickford, they have all flopped,” he wrote.
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Referring to Klaassen, he said: “I watched him at Ajax and saw a tidy midfielder who was good at set pieces and got goals but it’s always hard coming from Dutch football as the level is so different.
“He’s struggled with the Premier League and quickly found himself on the bench after some lacklustre performances.”
Klaassen has made four Premier League appearances this season but he has failed to complete 90 minutes on each of these occasions.
The Netherlands international has only contributed with one assist in all competitions which came in the Europa League qualifier against Ruzomberok.
The midfielder has been left out on the substitutes bench for the last three Premier League matches where the Toffees have failed to secured a single victory.
Klaassen enjoyed a much better campaign with Ajax last season where he scored a total of 20 goals and provided 12 assists in all competitions.
The Dutchman could potentially feature when the Toffees meet Chelsea in midweek in the Carabao Cup.
In other Everton news, first-team trio ruled out of Everton League Cup clash against Chelsea.