The 24-year-old made a £23.6m move from Ajax over the summer and was expected to be a linchpin in Everton's new-look attacking midfield but he has yet to set the Premier League alight.
It's a situation that his new manager Ronald Koeman acknowledged this week when he reaffirmed his belief in the Dutch midfielder while Klaassen himself reflects on his middling start to life in England in this evening's match programme for the game against Apollon Limassol.
Klaassen starts the game on the bench despite being named in the starting XI that faced Bournemouth last Saturday.
"It has not been easy for me to adapt," the Netherlands international explains. "I need to improve."
"[The Premier League] is a different speed to the one I am used to, a different intensity, but that is what I wanted. I wanted something else, something bigger."
"The fans have been great since I arrived... I like it here, the life is similar to Holland... Even the weather is the same... I'm used to the rain back in Holland!
"At the same time, everything within the club is different [to Ajax]. Everything is a little bigger, the pitches are really good and the stadium is really nice.
"Everton is a big club, but it's difficult to compare the two clubs I have played for. They are both big clubs, but I think the biggest difference here is the league. In Holland, not everything is that big but when you come here it is huge.
"Before coming to Everton, I knew the players and the club, but I didn't know how big it was.
" We've had some difficult games," the 24-year-old continues with regard to Everton's rocky start to the 2017-18 season, "and it's even more tough when you sign four, five, six new players. It takes time but we're getting better.
"It's true I cam so close to winning the Europa League last season, but I don't need to lose in a final to be hungry for this campaign. We all want to go as far as possible and I have confidence in this squad."
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1 Posted 28/09/2017 at 20:06:28
2 Posted 28/09/2017 at 22:59:00
I agree with Sean; keep working hard and the fans will give you a fair crack. Keep doing stuff like tonight and you'll wish you hadn't come to Everton. It's up to you in the end.
4 Posted 28/09/2017 at 23:42:01
5 Posted 28/09/2017 at 23:50:07
6 Posted 29/09/2017 at 01:05:43
How you can blame Klaassen for that defeat is beyond me. He gave away a free kick 45 yards from goal. Any decent team would have been 4-0 up and defended it without issue.
7 Posted 29/09/2017 at 07:15:48
Where he fits into the team is another question altogether!
8 Posted 29/09/2017 at 07:25:07
9 Posted 29/09/2017 at 08:00:16
Well, if he hadn't given away that foul (and it was a stupid action that could have ended up in him being sent off) they would not have landing the ball in out penalty area.
We weren't 4-0 up and we are not particularly good at defending these days are we!
It was a draw also, Phil not a defeat although it feels like one.
10 Posted 29/09/2017 at 14:02:46
£23m for him no wonder Ajax had a firework display for him. He offers nothing and I see him in the bracket of Pembridge and Milligan.
12 Posted 29/09/2017 at 16:16:51
I did say long ago when we signed him that after watching a few Dutch games in Holland as I was working there last year, that the pace was pedestrian. No pressing, no urgency. The Dutch seem to let the opposition have the ball and when they miss place a pass only then do the opposition then keep the ball.
I swear our Under-23s would win that league. Hence why a lot of their players struggle abroad and that their national team has went downhill.
13 Posted 29/09/2017 at 16:26:33
14 Posted 29/09/2017 at 18:54:44
15 Posted 29/09/2017 at 19:56:36
16 Posted 29/09/2017 at 21:40:31
Oh, and you said Pembridge our kid stop repeating yourself. Didn't your big bro teach you nothing? Obviously not.
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