Davy Klaassen's chances of game time at Everton under Sam Allardyce seem to get thinner and thinner the longer the 2017-18 season goes on - and Toffees fans have asked why he is not in the under-23 squad.
The 24-year-old has been afforded just 13 Everton matches this season, 20 less than 19-year-old Tom Davies, following his £25million summer move from Dutch Europa League finalists Ajax.
He captained the side to a final against Man United and was expected to shine on Merseyside following his hefty price tag, but instead he has flopped in the blue of Everton.
However, David Unsworth is yet to use the Holland international in his reserve side, despite Klaassen's inability to be included in a Premier League matchday squad since September.
Everton fans have questioned why the playmaker is not being included in Unsworth's side, as they believe he needs to be given game time in some form if he is to eventually repay the money paid for him.
One fan described it as a "strange case" while others blamed manager Sam Allardyce for leaving Klaassen to rot, as Unsworth's second string beat Barnsley 1-0 on Monday night with the help of Ramiro Funes Mori and Mason Holgate.
Genuine question that I know you won’t answer because you are a mindless machine with no thought or emotion but why hasn’t Klaassen played any u23 games?— Tom Leadbetter (@leads) February 13, 2018
One man that is struggling with the pace of a big club is Allardyce. He seems incapable of managing top players. Claiming Rooney & Gylfi can’t play together. A striker that joined us in great form can’t get a kick and the strange case of Klaassen not even in the U23’s #EFC— Cookie (@CookiesComment) February 11, 2018
We’ve got Tosun and Klaassen crying out for games so why aren’t they involved in the U23’s? Yet Mori gets a game and we’ve got enough CB’s to see us through until the end of the season— Dean (@DeanJHD) February 13, 2018
Unsworth ignored Klaassen when he was in temp charge. Maybe doesn't want him anywhere near his U23 side. No substance to blame Allardyce.— Paul EFC 86 (@PaulEFC86) February 12, 2018
If Fat Sam was interested in getting Tosun or Klaassen ready for the PL he’d be playing them in the U23’s. Instead they’re sat around twiddling the thumbs! https://t.co/IHOKtCSZbH— Greg Lambden ✌✌ (@Gre9oryPeck) February 12, 2018
Honestly feel for Davy Klaassen, definitely a good player in there. He just needs game time, even if it’s in the U23’s, how can the manager not see that?— Lee (@ThrillingTheo) February 12, 2018