By Abigail Withey
Former Everton left-back Michael Ball believes that summer signing Davy Klaassen will show his true quality soon and has drawn comparisons between the midfielder and ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
The 24-year-old moved to Goodison Park on a five-year-deal from Dutch giants Ajax during the summer transfer window and is tied down to the Toffees until 2022.
Like the Netherlands international, Evra took some time to impress at Old Trafford when he first arrived, but he went on to win five Premier League titles with United to write his name in the club’s history books.
Ex-Evertonian Ball is now backing Klaassen to follow a similar route to become a success on Merseyside.
“Davy Klaassen returned to Amsterdam at the weekend where he was given a rapturous farewell ovation by the Ajax fans. That tells you all you need to know about his talent and his quality,” Ball wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.
“He may be finding it difficult to adjust to the pace and frenetic nature of the Premier League at the moment, but I am reminded of the experience of Patrice Evra when he signed for Manchester United.
“Eventually Evra became a top-class footballer for Manchester United and club captain.
“United wouldn’t have stayed with him if he hadn’t showed that quality on the training ground and I am sure it is the same with Klaassen.
“If he is showing it in fast tempo training at Finch Farm he will show it in the first team eventually. It will just take time.”
Klaassen captained his former club and led his team mates to the Europa League final against Manchester United at the end of last season and although they only came away with the runner-up medal, their skipper was congratulated for his impressive performance.
Since joining Everton, Klaassen has made nine appearances across all competitions for the Toffees and managed to provide just one assist in that time.
Ronald Koeman’s side will look ahead to their second group stage match in the Europa League against Apollon Limassol on Thursday, and will be eager to improve on their previous 3-0 defeat to Atalanta which they suffered earlier in the competition.
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