Koeman surprised by Klaassen’s struggles in England

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Ronald Koeman insists that no one at Everton expected Davy Klaassen to find the transition from the Dutch Eredivisie to the Premier League so challenging but admits that with the benefit of hindsight it may have been too big a leap.

Klaassen arrived with much fanfare last summer when he was signed from Ajax Amsterdam in a big-money, £23.6m deal and was expected to become an integral part of a new-look midfield that had, in theory, been bolstered by the acquisition of Wayne Rooney and would later be augmented by Gylfi Sigurdsson .

The Dutch international made a fairly promising debut in the season opener against Stoke but it quickly became evident as the Toffees' ground through a tough run of fixtures that he was finding the move from Ajax difficult.

Klaassen lost his place in the team as his compatriot battled to turn Everton's form around and by the time David Unsworth had taken over as interim boss and Sam Allardyce was then appointed as Koeman's replacement, righting the 24-year-old's form was no longer a high priority.

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Without a Premier League start since October, it looked as though Klaassen might get an opportunity to shine over the last couple of months now that the threat of relegation had passed but apart from a recent substitute's appearance, he has remained in the wilderness.

“He had a difficult start at Everton, that was disappointing,“ Koeman told Ziggo Sport, “but you can not say that he does not train hard and works hard.”

“He had trouble with the aggressiveness and the tempo. You do not get time in the midfield [in the Premier League].

“I was disappointed with Davy. What did not help him was that we did not have a striker. Romelu Lukaku left and the arrival of Olivier Giroud did not go through at the last moment.

“I really expected him to adapt more easily. Nobody in the club had doubts about him. Not in the Netherlands either.

“Klaassen was someone we spent a lot of money for and who could have really played a role in the midfield. In retrospect, you may have to doubt whether the step was not too big.”

Klaassen was the subject of serious interest from Napoli during the January transfer window which could have given him an early escape from his struggles in England.

A proposed move collapsed, however, amid reports of a contractual disagreement over his image rights. Speculation persists that the midfielder could yet move to Serie A this summer.

Quotes sourced from Ziggo Sport via Football Oranje

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Peter Lee
1 Posted 01/05/2018 at 16:22:40
Man Utd ran over him in the EL final last year. That should have told somebody something.

Answers a lot of posters suggesting he should get a chance. Even the guy who brought him here thinks he couldn't adapt.

Matthew Williams
2 Posted 01/05/2018 at 16:45:45
Fuck it...I'd play him on Saturday.

My team verses Saints...4-3-3.

Tosun (The Main Man)

Then again,what do I know over the genius of Large Samuel !.

Jon Withey
3 Posted 01/05/2018 at 16:57:46
'image rights' - wow.

Short of a huge turnaround he is beginning to establish himself as the worst signing in my memory.

I can understand why fans want to see him play after all that money but I don't see him as an answer to anything really - would rather Sigurdsson was back.

Mark Taylor
4 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:22:16
I don't think we can afford to spend that sort of money on a player without trying to find an opportunity for him to show if he has toughened up. The remaining games offer that opportunity but I suspect Allardyce's focus is going to be points on the board to bolster his 'ahem' reputation, so he'll pick an unchanged team.
Frank Crewe
5 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:34:39
Klaassen didn't make the step up. Sandro didn't make the step up. Vlasic didn't make the step up. Lookman didn't make the step up. Got to hand it to Koeman. He's got a real eye for talent.
Kieran Kinsella
6 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:45:51
Cheers for that Koeman. That will help us recoup the money we spent plus do his confidence the world of good.
Ian Bennett
7 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:48:24
Agreed Peter. This to me is the acid test. Can you dominate an English Champions League or Europa team, then we are interested.
Ray Roche
8 Posted 01/05/2018 at 17:58:50
Frank (#5),

Don't pass judgement on Vlasic and Lookman just yet. They're 19 for Christ's sake.

Peter Lee
9 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:10:26
Matthew, I don't know what you know compared to the genius of big Sam but you come up short against my 5-year-old nephew.

We have at last got a settled back seven which, oddly, has enabled all of them to play at something approaching their best. This, in turn, meant that we look like a team that knows what it's doing. Limited in scope certainly but miles away from where we had been.

In the last two away games everyone playing knew the plan was to bring on Mori and push the fullbacks on. They did it smoothly. Result Seamus hits the bar in the last few at Swansea, Leighton lays on the second and Seamus nearly gets on the end of another.

We currently have a team which has shape and some confidence. We haven't had that all season.

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:43:10
Koeman has delusions of grandeur. He blames everything on Giroud. He mentions it every interview. It all went wrong when Giroud fell through at the last minute.

Ok, I think he’d have made an impact and been a good signing in the short term. My alternatives of Dolberg (Ajax) and Dembele (Celtic) have had poor seasons, so what do I know?

But, Koeman was gambling on his ability to change from a 433 to a 4231 and to change the style from high tempo and direct to low tempo and possession based. Regardless of Giroud I fail to see any evidence of that style working and the team was not fit enough for the alternative. In short, Koeman over estimated the ability of himself and his coaching staff.

I don’t think Klaassen fits into the system we have that works, and so he needs to be sold. I would bet that he goes to a top side and has us all wondering, if only. I’m sure he’ll rediscover his form and excel and show everyone just why cryuff waxed lyrical over him. He’s definitely a Barca type player, whether he possesses enough quality to actually play at that level remains to be seen. But if Napoli want you (2nd in serie A) then you must be decent.

Peter Howard
11 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:45:32
Interesting that Koeman used the term "we".
Steve Ferns
12 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:49:50
Well we’re still paying his wages!
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:53:05
A bit early to rule Vlasic and a Lookman our Frank#5?

I think they would have done aswell if not better than Davies and DCL if given the same amount of opportunities.

Phil Walling
14 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:55:15
Indeed, Peter, Never heard much of the 'we' when he was with us although the present incumbent favours the ' I' over all else.

We do know how to pick 'em, don't we ?

David Currie
15 Posted 01/05/2018 at 18:58:32
Peter 1 correct, the final was the first time I saw Klassen play. He looked slow and did nothing I was shocked at the fee we paid. Koeman now saying the premier league is too quick for him, Sam and Unsy also don't rate him. A bad signing at a crazy price Ronald?
Tony Abrahams
16 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:11:40
Koeman is telling lies, because just before or after the season started, I remember reading him say that Klaassen, might find it hard to adapt to English football, or words to that effect anyway.
Steve Ferns
17 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:19:40
Do you mean these reports in September Tony:


I don’t recall anything said before the season kicked off. It was more around then as he tried to give Klaassen some breathing space.

Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:24:18
Frank #5, yeesh, writing off the two kids pretty quick, aren't you?

Lookman scored on his debut, practically on his first touch. Vlasic scored on his debut. They both got, what, maybe ten more appearances apiece, mostly as subs?

And they both turn 21 in October. Let's see what they've got then, eh?

Mike Gaynes
19 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:26:38
Tony, yep, Steve's right -- it was after the season started, in response to a question about why Davy wasn't playing.

Personally, I think Ronald was just covering for him, having realized that Davy had been a big mistake.

Tony Abrahams
20 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:35:11
I knew it was early on Mike, so thanks for the link Steve mate. I remember bumping into one of my arl mates who knows his footy, very early on in the season, and he was saying that Klassen, was a very good touch player, but he couldn't believe that he had been looked at properly if they thought he would ever make it in the EPL, unless maybe he was at Man City.

I had to agree, and can't believe people in the highest places couldn't see this?

I heard Walsh, told Moshiri, that he's only been responsible for Pickford, and Lookman, even though I don't know how such a rumor could have been started!

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:45:36
I'm tired so I have only just read your link Steve, and I reckon Koeman, said something else along similar lines a lot earlier than this somewhere mate?
Steve Ferns
22 Posted 01/05/2018 at 19:50:24
I think so too, Tony, but I couldn’t find it.
Tony Everan
23 Posted 01/05/2018 at 20:46:41
Don’t write off Lookman, he is going to be a top footballer. Hopefully at Everton!
Christy Ring
24 Posted 01/05/2018 at 20:47:08
I watched Klaassen against Man Utd in the Europa League final, he hardly touched the ball, and couldn't see £24m. As for his comment that the Giroud deal didn't go through at the last moment, tells us there was no Plan B, considering Lukaku was gone 6/7 weeks earlier.
Steve Ferns
25 Posted 01/05/2018 at 21:21:23
You can't judge a player on one game. Some perspective for that game was that it was his 50th game of the season. It could just be that he was simply out of gas.

Ajax were brilliant last season, they beat Celta Vigo, Standard Leige, Panathiniakos, Legia Warsaw, FC Copenhagen, Schalke, and Lyon (one with Lacazette and a much better one than thrashed us) on the way to the final. They simply did not just turn up having played no one and get thrashed by United. They won the league in Netherlands, they made the EL final and they had a good side, played good football, and Davy Klaassen was the captain, and at the very least, a big part of it. Some would say he was their best player, so much so that Ajax fans were making trips to Goodison (probably would have been many more had he found that form here), and he had a hero's welcome back to Ajax.

The guy is not shit. He did not adapt quickly, his game does not suit the football we play, or the footballers we have. The fact that Napoli would have signed him but for a technicality, and would have used him en route to possibly winning the Italian Serie A tells you just how good the guy is.

I'd sell him, if we'd get our money back, but I do know he's going to be the one who got away.

Ian Burns
26 Posted 01/05/2018 at 21:24:45
Talk of ditching Vlasic and Lookman is premature. They need a confidence-building run in the side — that is always presuming Lookman wants to remain at Everton.

As for Klaasen, I agree, he looked less than ordinary in the Europa League final but at £24m there must be a player in there somewhere. If not, if he really is that bad that he cannot get so much as a start in these final two games, then somebody (Koeman/Walsh) dropped one hell of a ricket.

We can then say goodbye to £24m, as after Koeman's comments to the Dutch media there will be somebody in Holland (or Italy) looking to take him off our hands for a pittance.

Matthew Williams
27 Posted 01/05/2018 at 21:29:03
If our final two games left were there to win the League then I'd go with your post Peter.

Just posted what my team would be & wonder how the faithful would react on hearing it at 2pm on Saturday, maybe they would see some decent attacking football for a change.

No guts... no glory... no trophies!

Bill Gienapp
28 Posted 01/05/2018 at 21:39:53
I feel bad for Klaassen. He may never successfully adjust to the Premier League, but it certainly won't happen if he's not on the pitch. I thought he showed intelligence and a deft touch around the box in those early Europa qualifiers, albeit against inferior competition.

Being forced out of position by Siggy/Rooney and, as Steve noted, playing in a squad that doesn't really suit his strengths hasn't helped. I really hope he gets a chance (under a new manager) next season.

Christy Ring
29 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:36:31
Steve, I still think Klaassen should be given a chance, as you say, he was outstanding for Ajax over the season. I don't know why he's not on the bench, as Rooney has been very poor and too slow in midfield. Koeman did throw him in at the deep end, no shape, no striker, and 3 No 10s in the one team. We're not going to get our money back on him, give him a fresh start.
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 01/05/2018 at 22:46:38
I think Klaassen could play instead of Rooney, with Vlasic on the left. He could play in the same side as Sigurdsson with Sigurdson on the left, but Sigurdsson has earned his place in the middle.

The only other place to play him would be with Gueye to sit and hold and Klaasen to his right and Sigurdsson to his left. But we’d need to be playing a poor side to try that.

Roman Sidey
31 Posted 01/05/2018 at 00:19:43
Steve Ferns, this has nothing to do with the general point, but I just wanted to correct you by saying Ajax didn't win the Dutch league last year. They actually haven't won it since 2014.
Matt Woods
32 Posted 02/05/2018 at 01:08:45
The bottom line with any level of football is you have to work hard to earn the right to play football. If you are technically gifted and your graft matches an opponent in the end the greater ability should be decisive although football is also cruel!!!!

Klassan was the big fish in a relatively small pond. Dutch football is typically technical, the premier league is a different beast. It's played at a relentless pace by freakish athletes. To survive you have to find the power and energy to compete. Davey never adjusted.

I can remember Ray Wilkins saying he struggled in Scottish football originally because of its pace and aggression. Being intelligent a top pro and determined to be successful he got the gym did some strength training and once up to speed began to deliver masterclass after masterclass for Rangers.

Maybe Klaassen physically can't reach the levels needed to compete in this league???

Steve Ferns
33 Posted 02/05/2018 at 01:18:06
I stand corrected Roman.

Matt, his lack of physicality is something Koeman mentioned. He does seem very frail, but surely that would be known?

Regardless, is he any less physically capable than David Silva? He just needed games to learn and to adapt.

David Barks
34 Posted 02/05/2018 at 01:33:28
Klaassen’s ability on the ball is what we needed, not physicality. The style of play was the issue. Put him in a team that is focused on a quick passing game, moving the ball quickly so that you aren’t able to be bullied off the ball and he would be fine.

Was David Ginola a physical player? Of course not. As Koeman even said, the issue was no striker. Somehow I think he would have thrived with Lukaku up top taking the pressure off the midfielder.

Steve Ferns
35 Posted 02/05/2018 at 01:38:27
You mean this David: Klaassen at Ajax?
Matt Woods
36 Posted 02/05/2018 at 03:57:39

I don't know? Possibly he would flourish at City? I think Silva has adapted to the league is deceptively quick and obviously, his touch and ability to find space between the lines is exceptional. Quite possibly in a better team with a more suitable style we would see the best of him regardless of physicality.


Agree to a point but gotta disagree about Ginola. The Frenchman was a freak physically. Not a grafter but strong fast and powerful on the ball no comparison with Klaassen.

Justin Doone
37 Posted 02/05/2018 at 04:50:28
Koeman was surprised with a lot of things. I'm surprised that he's was surprised.

I don't many on here had been surprised at the purchase of the wrong players for above average money.

Although not in my top 3 I'll admit the 2 x rebuilding of teams he had to do at Southampton made me think he'd do a good job.

Some things aren't meant to be. A bit like Klaassen, move him on. £16m.

David Barks
38 Posted 02/05/2018 at 05:25:07
Jack Wilshere is 5ft-8in. Aaron Ramsey is 5ft-10in. Özil is 5ft-11in. Klaassen is 5ft-10in.

His size is not the damn issue. The issue is the shite style of football we play that has us hoofing the ball out to the wings for someone like Bolasie to try to hold up one on two or three defenders. The problem is the football being played at Everton, not the talented players not being “physical” enough.

Klaassen was brought up to play the game with the ball, keeping it moving and working in space. That's exactly what we fucking need at Everton. Not this zombie shite of pass, hold, look around, pass backward, hold, pass sideways, hold and get pressured, the hoof it up-field and then chase around for 5 damn minutes.

Ian Bennett
39 Posted 02/05/2018 at 06:53:02
He would look better in a top 6 side that had a drilled football style, rather than hoof ball no doubt.

He lacks pace, but so do plenty in the Premier League now and before him. But physically and mentally he's not at the races. He should be a technically good player given his pedigree, but he squanders possession and created nothing in the chances he had.

The European as league was a failed audition. Is he good enough to keep Rooney and Davies out of the side. It would be nice to see it from the bench before discard him in the summer - 3 managers don't rate him.

Peter Lee
40 Posted 02/05/2018 at 07:27:49
Matthew, and no points Saturday. We would not be entertained by anybody in a blue shirt as Soton would dominate possession against us.

You have to fight for the right to play. The team you propose would lose the fight in the first round.

Whoever is manager next season, starting from "we were unbeaten in the last 9 last season" gives a platform. Totally different circumstances, a team light years away from where we are now, but the second half of the 83-84 season was the foundation of the 84-85 title.

Rob Dolby
41 Posted 02/05/2018 at 08:32:06
Wonder if Koeman will name him in the Dutch squad? He won't be able to blame the lack of Lukaku or Giroud for his poor performance then.

He is a one of our many square pegs.
The lad reminds me of Stephen Naismith without the goals.

We would do well if we can move him on in the summer for half of what we paid him. You could say that about most of our signings including the manager how Walsh is still in a job defies logic.

Mark Andrews
42 Posted 02/05/2018 at 10:45:50
Konman. Great player, bang average manager, even worse scout.
Paul Richardson
43 Posted 02/05/2018 at 14:50:57
I wasn't impressed with Klaassen in the Europa final either, but I did expect him to make an impact because he was one of the additions who added something different to the mix.
Alot of my pre-season optimism was based around the 'leaders' we had acquired for a club which, for the past few seasons, has lacked just that...leadership.
I'm talking about Klaassen, Rooney, Williams and Sigurdsson, the first three being long-standing captains. There are other emerging leaders too in Pickford, Vlasic, Kenny, Holgate, Mori, maybe Tonsun, to go with with true blues who lead by example like Leighton, Jags and Seamus.
Maybe the lack of leadership (despite having many characters who have that quality) on the pitch is a reflection of the club as a whole?
Matthew Williams
44 Posted 02/05/2018 at 15:31:41
Your wish will no doubt be granted Peter,mine won't,the same line-up we've all seen for what seems like fucking forever,after all we are playing for 8th against the mighty Saints !!!.

I have no problem with the lads coasting along & gaining 40 PTS next season whoever the Gaffer is,my only wish is we've already bagged the League Cup Trophy with seven joyful games that leads the faithful to believe again...but it seems am the only Blue that wants this...I will remain the lone voice in the wilderness dreaming of the day decent football can return to G.P & we start to win Cups we have NEVER won in our history instead of showing nothing but contempt for them season after season... sigh.

Matthew Williams
45 Posted 02/05/2018 at 16:30:11
Let me reiterate Blues...it begins like this.

1.The League Cup...which leads to
2.The Europa Cup...which leads to
3.The Super Cup...which leads to...


Nothing else matters to me atm,but the road Moshiri wants to take all Blues but me share,breaking the top 6 means still no Trophy & when you see teams like Man.City fail in the C.L the omen's don't look good for us,we couldn't even beat Limassol at Home !.

More misery to come I fear...23 years & counting...jeez.

Lee Brownlie
47 Posted 02/05/2018 at 16:37:41
Sorry, you Klassen knockers... but I still believe that, in a good, much faster-moving team, a slick team, he'd have slotted right in and been a great asset... hasn't been us though, has it?
Mike Dolan
48 Posted 02/05/2018 at 16:53:46
I agree twice with Lee Brownlie, Klaassen is a great one touch player with pace. Not the type of player that controls a game but a good player never the less. Tim Cahill was not a complete player either.
Matthew Williams
49 Posted 02/05/2018 at 17:27:03
Agree with Lee,every player we have in the squad deserves a chance,give them games & let the shackles off.

Apart from Schneiderlin...SELL !.

Jimmy Salt
50 Posted 02/05/2018 at 18:14:24
Not as surprised as we where at yours Ronald.
James Flynn
51 Posted 02/05/2018 at 00:14:35
Couple things about Klaassen in the Europa League Final.

The main thing in that Final narrative was how so young a squad got there to begin with. Klaassen was their best player (by far) and their talisman.

Against this was a club managed by one of the best defensive strategist ever. A club desperate to win to get into the Champions League, since they were doing shit in the Premier League. A club vastly more talented and experienced.

You watched that game? Klaassen was given zero room to draw a second breath, never mind a pass. Mourinho had him man-marked and kicked or his mid-fielders to know where Davy was and jump between him and whoever had the ball.

Even then, with Man Utd having a strangle-hold on the game, Davy's teammates just kept kicking it towards wherever Klaassen was standing.

Ajax had no chance, Klaassen or not.

All that said, I agree with others that Davy needs to be in an attacking squad; passing and moving. Lukaku leaving, Barkley out after surgery, all the incoming? No way he could settle. And, no doubt, hasn't. Doesn't mean he can't.

Keep Klaassen, I say. He didn't devolve from a fine player to a no-mark. The Europa League game is no measure of him. If we accept that as true, De Bruyne sucks; given our crushing of Wolfsburg in that year's tournament.

We need the new manager in. If Moshiri is replacing Sam, it must be Silva, no?

Keep Davy and let's see how it plays. The guy can play.

James Flynn
54 Posted 03/05/2018 at 00:15:38
Sorry about that. Only clicked it once.
Jim Harrison
55 Posted 03/05/2018 at 01:50:24
Fair point, James. Even if made three times!!

To be honest, several posters repeat themselves over and over so you are in good company!!!

Andy Kay
56 Posted 03/05/2018 at 02:29:15
Most of the issues with Everton's current midfield is the fact we have too many players who are limited to doing just one job.

I hate the fact that players are classed as a DM or ACM etc. Midfielders in years gone by could do everything. Tackle, pass, score, run and defend. It's what a midfielder's job was.

Alan Ball, Howard Kendall, Colin Harvey could do all of the above. Steven and Sheedy were equally at home in the centre as out wide and regularly got goals. Bracewell and Reid, might not have scored that many, but they both surged forward creating for others. Tim Cahill would work tirelessly and still pop up with goals from midfield.

Yet players like Gana and Schneiderlin are both so limited in attack that, when either or both play, we are like a man down. McCarthy can't score when he's fit. Rooney doesn't have his legs anymore to go box to box, Sigurdsson lacks pace and can't tackle, and Klaassen hasn't been able to break into the team despite the above players' limitations.

We end up "carrying" any of the above because they're not an all-out "midfielder" and we can't get goals from midfield. I have a bit more time for Tom Davies as at least he's positive going forward but he's not the answer yet. Surely today's midfielder should be trying to be the next Lampard and, dare I say it, Gerrard rather than a Makelele.

I'd love to see a classic 4-4-2 again. Two strikers causing problems for defenders (out of fashion now) and four midfielders who can get into the box and score goals, from central or out wide. I'd rather watch that than any of the turgid defensive shit I've witnessed this season.

Chad Schofield
57 Posted 03/05/2018 at 05:46:18
For a professional manager, Koeman spends a great deal of time being "surprised". With the Netherlands not qualifying for the World Cup, he can spend longer drooling into his beer staring at it like some kind of magic snow globe, surprised he's not still playing at Barcelona.

Klaassen isn't orthodox. A lot of his touches are little flicks, so I agree he'd look good in a team where it's fast-moving one-touch stuff... but he's always going to struggle in a "play the way your facing, take a touch to control it (if you need to) - get rid, track, track, track" English set up. Expecting Klaassen to show anything under Allardyce is like expecting Allardyce to donate his entire life earnings to charity.

Still, at least Koeman's not picking the bones of confidence of a demoralised player that he's still in charge of. Guess Ronald'll be surprised when the Dutch team fail to win Euro 2020... and Barcelona aren't knocking on his flushed head.

Brian Porter
58 Posted 03/05/2018 at 06:38:48
Koeman is Dutch, Klaassen is Dutch. You would think that Koeman would have had a bit of knowledge about the game in his own country at the time he signed Davy. To be fair, he was the captain of one of Holland's top clubs, and was revered by the fans at Ajax.

To stand a chance of succeeding at a new club in a new country, it would surely have made sense to bring him on slowly, perhaps with a few 30 minutes sub appearances together with a couple of starts to give him a chance to bed in with his new team mates and to really get the feel of the pace of the English game. Continuity counts for so much and yet he was never given the opportunity to play his way into the team ethic, such as it was when he joined.

To write a player off after so few cameo appearances just seems counter-productive to me. Unless or until players like Klaasen and Vlasic are given a good run in the team we will never know just how good or bad they really are. The same can be said about Lookman of course, who Leipzig seem to rate highly while Sam can't be bothered with him. Whose opinion do we prefer? A club in the CL or Sam Allardyce, serial loser?

Mike Gaynes
59 Posted 03/05/2018 at 06:47:05
James #53, I agree with everything in all three posts -- EXCEPT your assertion that "Klaassen was their best player (by far) and their talisman."

No sir. Davy was maybe the fifth best player in that side. Even at 20 Sanchez was easily the top talent and has subsequently shown world-class for Spurs and Colombia. Traore was poached by Lyon and has had a brilliant first season there at 22, and Chelsea has right of first refusal on his buyback. Ziyech is superior for both pace and skill, Younes is more explosive, and Dolberg scored a goal every two games last year at 19, although he's gone off the boil a bit this season.

Klaassen's value in that side was his maturity, leadership and a world-class ability to read the game -- the same characteristics Sigurdsson has, but without Siggy's skills. And the pace and quickness isn't the same.

My concern was then, and is now, that Klaassen just doesn't have Prem talent. He does deserve a better chance than he's been given, and I hope he gets it, but I'm not optimistic that he'll have an impact.

James Flynn
60 Posted 03/05/2018 at 10:01:57
Mike - Good stuff and fair enough. I still say he gets another season and let's see.
Ray Smith
61 Posted 03/05/2018 at 17:33:20
How can you knock players who havn’t been given a chance?


to name just a few.

None of the above will be given a chance next season, if (god forbid) Allardyce stays.

Gavin Johnson
62 Posted 04/05/2018 at 21:57:56
David Barks is correct in saying that it's our our style of play which is the issue as to why Klaassen's failed to acclimatise to the league's physicality. I also agree with Tony Abraham's footy expert mate who says, he could thrive in a team like City's.

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