By Azeem Siddiqui

12th May, 2022 | 11:15pm

Davy Klaassen reveals reason behind struggling time with Everton

Ajax’s veteran midfielder Davy Klaassen has opened up about his struggling time with Premier League outfit Everton.

The 29-year-old had a hard time while playing at the Goodison Park where he just spent a season after making a big-money move in 2017.

Talking about his struggles in England’s top division, the Dutch international stated that he suffered a ‘cultural shock’.

“First of all, abroad, you don’t have all your friends and family around you,” he was quoted by Liverpool Echo.

“To what extent soccer changes, depends on club and league. At Everton, I really suffered from culture shock. If it’s not going well there, they hoof the ball forward.”

Disappointing chapter

Klaassen’s time with Everton was a rather disappointing chapter in his career as he arrived with a lot of expectations, having played a key role in helping Ajax win three league titles between 2012 and 2014.

Coming through the youth ranks of Ajax, he moved to the Liverpool-based club in the summer of 2017 from the Dutch outfit in a deal worth £24.3 million.

During his 12-month stay at the club, he made just 16 appearances across all competitions and scored a solitary goal.

He moved to Germany Bundesliga and joined Werder Bremen in the following summer for £12.15 million and move back to Ajax in 2020 for £10.5 million.

His time at Ajax has been really successful where in 269 matches across all competitions, he has scored 82 goals and provided 47 assists.

In the ongoing campaign, he scored 11 times and provided four assists which helped Ajax in claiming another league title.

In other Everton news, the club are close to agreeing a new shirt sponsorship deal which will be significantly more substantial than the current Cazoo partnership.

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