Jordy Clasie: Six Months On

Jordy Clasie: Six Months On
Mar 6, 2016

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Jordy Clasie signed for Southampton in July of last year to much fanfare from fans and pundits alike. The young Dutchman signed on the dotted line after Saints came to an agreement to pay €12,000,000 for his services. The move was hailed as a coup with Ronald Koeman raiding his former club, Feyenoord, for one of the Netherland’s hottest talents.

Seven months on and the deep-lying playmaker has yet to stamp down his presence in the Southampton first team. With competition coming from the monstrous Victor Wanyama, tireless Steven Davies and brilliant James Ward-Prowse, playing time has been hard to come by for Clasie. Even players like Oriol Romeu, formerly of Barcelona and Chelsea, and the promising youngster Harrison Reed are making it more challenging for him to get minutes in the first team.

At the time of writing Clasie has clocked up eleven starts in the Premier League along with one start each in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. His impact in terms of goal scoring stats has been non-existent with the midfielder failing to register any goals or assists during his time in England.

Part of the player’s struggle has been down to him playing in his previously preferred position as a defensive midfielder. Clasie’s lack of height and strength is a key factor into his lack of impact at St. Mary’s with him being tasked with breaking down opposition moves in the much revered ‘toughest league in the world.’ His lack of presence couldn’t be contrasted more than when he is paired with destroyer Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan towers above the 5’5 maestro and is always up for a physical tussle in the middle of the park.

This point is backed up by the point that his performances have improved in a slightly more advanced position with his WhoScored rating bumping up from 6.84 to 7.08. With more freedom afforded for the Dutchman; he was able to be more involved in games and have more telling contributions in them. With his ability to roam and create chances from various places on the pitch, a more advanced role in the team suits his attributes much more.

Clasie was tipped by many to arrive with a major splash which could be a reason why his season appears to be lacklustre despite his respectable performances. Football365 were among the culprits of over-selling the youngster with both Daniel Storey and Nick Miller tipping him to be signing of the year in their season preview. It is difficult to blame them though with Koeman’s excellent business record – especially while signing players from Holland.

It could just be a factor of him adapting to a more physical and competitive league – a challenge being faced by his compatriot Memphis Depay at Manchester United. If this is the case Koeman would be wise to give Clasie an extended time to bed in as his quality is undoubted. A key example of not letting a player settle came just last year when Manchester United binned Angel Di Maria (for a loss I might add) and now he is tearing things up in Paris ever since he left.

With Clasie still just a tender 24 years of age there is still time for him to develop into a key component in the Saints midfield in the long term and what better manager than Ronald Koeman to polish this particular already quite refined but still rough diamond.

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