Klaassen gets belated Under-23s run-out

Monday, 5 March, 2018 0comments  |  Jump to last

Davy Klaassen saw competitive action for the first time since December when he turned out in Everton's Under-23s 2-0 win over Swansea City at Goodison Park.

The Dutch midfielder has been frozen out of the Blues' first team since his rare start against Apollon Limassol in Nicosia and hasn't played a Premier League game since October.

He got an opportunity to impress tonight, however, and was be joined by Ramiro Funes Mori as he played 70 minutes before being replaced by Conor Grant. Funes Mori had been scheduled to play one more U23s game before being declared fully fit to return to the senior side after 10 months out with a serious knee injury.

Sam Allardyce was asked about Klaassen and the possibility of him featuring for the U23s during his press conference last Friday.

“He does get games spasmodically, “ the manager said of the former Ajax midfielder, presumably referring to behind-closed-doors 11-a-side training games. “We give him a game every now and then.

“Obviously he trains with the first-team squad every day but it's a bit dejecting, for a player of [that level] — or any player that finds himself in that position.

“As I said before the window, we've reduced the squad dramatically. It's down to about three of four now [on the fringes] whereas before it was seven, eight or nine who weren't involved in the squad or preparation for the games because we were overloaded with players.

“We've reduced that somewhat but we've still have a few players who are still frustrated.”

Everton had the better of the first half against Swansea's U23s and took the lead in spectacular fashion when Antony Evans whipped home a free kick.

And, after weathering increased threat from the Swans in the second half, they extended their lead through young Australian Con Ouzounidis.

Everton U23s: Hewelt, Markelo, Gibson, Funes Mori, Ouzounides, Baningime, Klaassen (70' Grant), Evans {c}, Bowler (86' Henen), Sambou (62' Denny), Hornby.
Subs: Hilton, Lavery.