Sam Allardyce says that Davy Klaassen should set his focus on next season to make his mark in the Premier League after failing to make an impact this term.
The former Ajax captain was signed amid great optimism last summer in a £24m deal and had been expected to quickly become an automatic starter in Ronald Koeman's new-look midfield.
Klaassen struggled to find his feet as the Blues' form as a whole nose-dived and he found himself frozen out of the first team by the time Sam Allardyce replaced Koeman in November.
His only start since then was in the Europa League win over Apollon Limassol that month and a proposed move to Napoli collapsed on transfer deadline day last month.
Allardyce suggests, however, that Klaassen has suffered what he feels almost all European imports do in their first season and expects to see more from the Dutchman next season.
“He's tried to fight for his place the whole of this season and like many, many players that come here the first time around, they don't work," Allardyce says.
“There's more players that don't work in their first season than work. So contrary to what everybody thinks, players from abroad don't work in the first season, they fail more than they succeed, that's across the board and at every club.
“So it's season two that really counts. You want them to work in season two. You can't be patient because nobody will let you be patient but in year two, who knows?
“We could very well have a different player at the start of next season and, for him, he's got to fight to see if he can get in this season and that may be the case later down the line.”
Sandro Ramirez is a player in a similar situation to Klaassen but, unlike the midfielder, the Spanish striker was able to secure a loan move, joining Sevilla until the end of the season.
Sandro could end up staying in Spain if his spell there works out but, if not, he would be in a similar situation to Klaassen.
“It's the start of a whole new season and when the new season starts everyone starts fresh and everyone has new chance to impress and you've got the whole pre-season to do that,” Allardyce added.
Quotes sourced from Liverpool Echo