Inessa Kaagman: What’s Next?

After spending two years at Everton, Inessa Kaagman has left the club after her contract was not renewed by the Toffees. So what’s next for the Dutch midfielder?

As part of the Dutch squad that finished second to the USWNT at the World Cup last year, Inessa Kaagman is no stranger to performing at the highest level.

A Successful Two Years at Everton

Kaagman made 31 league appearances in her two seasons at Everton and has made some significant contributions to the side.

Her eight goal contributions last season (four goals, four assists), were a huge part in Everton’s survival in the Women’s Super League as they scraped a 10th place finish.

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That includes a goal in a 3-2 win over Reading on the penultimate matchday of the season.

This season has been slightly less productive in the league but she has really stepped it up in the cup competitions.

Kaagman effectively saw off London Bees single handedly in the FA Cup this season, scoring a phenomenal goal to drag the Toffees to a 1-0 win.

She did also have her best game this season in a 2-2 draw with Spurs in February, earning the Blues one of four league points since November.

What Could be Next?

Now that she’s out of contract, there are many different options that are before her.

Remain in the WSL

We could see the Dutch sensation remain in England and try to conquer the WSL with another side.

A team like Reading or Spurs could really do with her ability going forward. She is a constant positive force in midfield.

Some stability could go a long way in improving their respective midfield combinations.

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A team like Manchester United could also use her abilities, linking up with fellow Dutch National Team member Jackie Groenen would be a great move in improving the depth of Casey Stoney’s side.

Plus, it seems as though she has unfinished business in England, as early as last week she was saying how much she enjoyed life at Everton.

A Return to Holland

A return to her native country could be on the cards for Inessa Kaagman. She could do damage in a creative role behind Joelle Smits at PSV.

The Eindhoven outfit were top of the league before it was declared null and void. They have strengthened already since then bringing in the Her Football Hub 2019 Goalkeeper of the Year, Sari van Veenendaal.

She may even return to her former club Ajax, from whom she signed for Everton in 2018.

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FC Twente would also be a good fit for Kaagman. Being able to create for Fenna Kalma and Renate Jansen would be great for her.

Kalma and Jansen had a combined 17 goals in this season’s Eredivisie and they could do with the extra support in midfield.

The options for Kaagman are virtually endless. Many clubs in Europe are in need of a player like her. We could potentially see her end up somewhere like Germany.

If she signed a contract with a German club this week, we could see her playing as early as next week with the return of the Bundesliga.

Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of the 24-year-old in the WSL, she has gone under the radar at Everton and quietly became one of the most underrated players in the league.

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