Everton have lacked a reliable goal threat from midfield since Cahill, and to a lesser extent Steven Naismith, left Goodison Park.
It is difficult to determine whether or not Davy Klaassen is the stature of player required to take Everton, who the Daily Mirror claim are interested in his services, to the next level. After all, Vincent Janssen’s struggles at Tottenham have only reinforced the notion that the Eredivisie gives something of a false impression of a player’s quality.
However, Klaassen is now an established international in the Dutch national team, a three-time league champion and the current captain of one of Europe’s most illustrious club sides, even if their stock has fallen since their mid-90s heyday.
Furthermore, he has also equalled the most prolific campaign of his career, netting 15 times in just 30 appearances in all competitions. For a midfielder, that is a simply remarkable tally, even in the Eredivisie.
And this alone could be exactly the reason his addition could prove so crucial to Everton. With Romelu Lukaku top scoring on 17 goals, no other player in Ronald Koeman’s squad appears capable of stepping up to the plate to take the pressure off the talismanic Belgian.
Despite netting 12 times last season, Ross Barkley only has four this while Kevin Mirallas, Gareth Barry, Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye and James McCarthy have just eight between them.
Therefore, Klaassen could take on the role of a Steven Naismith or a Tim Cahill, a midfielder with the ability to sniff out a chance and make that trademark late run into the box or find a yard of space in a crowded penalty area.
Since Cahill departed for MLS and Naismith was phased out as Roberto Martinez’s reign stuttered, Everton have lacked that potential 10-goal-a-season midfielder – and Klaassen could fill the void.