Klaassen Determined To Fight For First-Team Place

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Davy Klaassen says he feels “at home” at Everton and is determined to fight for a place in the Toffees' team again when pre-season training begins in July.

Holland international Klaassen played the second 45 minutes of Everton’s Premier League final-day defeat at West Ham United.

The attacker also featured from the bench in the Blues’ concluding home fixture against Southampton – and came on in the meeting with Brighton & Hove Albion in March, having waited since September for a recall to the first-team fold.

Klaassen’s precise, lofted pass released Oumar Niasse for a thunderous shot which the Hammers' agile goalkeeper Adrian brilliantly turned onto the post at the London Stadium.

The 25-year-old was measured in possession, locating his target with 84.2 per cent of his 19 passes. Only fellow substitute Theo Walcott, among Everton’s players who attempted more than 10 passes against David Moyes' side, had a higher completion rate.

Klaassen also stung Adrian’s palms with an opportunistic effort at goal. And the former Ajax player, who joined Everton from the four-times European champions last summer, is already outlining his targets for his second Goodison Park campaign.

“For the team, we want to finish higher than this season – and I want to play as much as possible,” Klaassen told evertontv.

“We have a vacation now and I will relax for a couple of weeks but then start training to come back in top condition.

“That is my goal and everybody’s goal, so there is going to be good competition for places.

“It is always nice to get minutes on the pitch – but the result against West Ham was disappointing.

"You have to be ready as soon as you are needed. It is hard to be patient but if you keep working it will come.

“You have to work hard and try to show yourself when you get a chance."

Everton bolstered their attacking artillery - already featuring the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Wayne Rooney and Niasse - with the January additions of striker Cenk Tosun and England international forward Walcott.

Klaassen, then, is bracing himself for an intense battle to claim a starting spot next term. But he is delighted the Toffees boast a number of individuals with the capacity to create and score goals.

“Oumar never stops running, which is what you need,” said Klaassen. “You need movement and combination play and I think next season will be better for us as a team.

“It is important to have goals in the team. We did not have a lot at the beginning of the season but it has started to come and we need to continue in the same way next season.

“My overall experience at Everton has been good... the Club is excellent and the people are very nice.

“It is an ambitious club and I 100 per cent enjoy being here. I feel at home and am determined to play more for the team.”

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