Ronald Koeman says that Davy Klaassen needs time to find his feet in the Premier League, insisting that he has no doubts about his compatriot's ability.
Klaassen arrived as a big-money signing over the summer when Everton splashed out almost £24m to bring him in from Ajax where he had just captained his team to the Europa League final.
The Dutch midfielder hasn't completed a full 90 minutes for the Blues since the away leg against Ruzomberok at the beginning of August, either because of injury or because he made way for an on-coming substitute and he was the one to make way in central midfield for Tom Davies against Bournemouth on Sunday.
That has led to increasing discussion over the wisdom of his acquisition by the club and his ability to either settle in England and/or function in a side boasting three “No.10s”.
“He needs time,” Koeman said in the Liverpool Echo, something he said should be afforded the academy graduates and other new imports like Sandro Ramirez. “He is okay. He is intelligent on the ball.
“I think he can improve in fitness and he can improve physically in battles in the midfield. That is what he needs to learn and improve, but that is normal.
“The Dutch league is not the Premier League and the boy gets time for that. It is all about the player himself.
“It is the same question for other young players and players like Sandro to keep quiet and keep patience,” added the Dutchman.
“[Klaassen] will come [good] because I don't have any doubts as to the quality of the player.”