Ronald Koeman has admitted that he is disappointed that Davy Klaassen’s move from Ajax to Everton hasn’t worked out. 

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Koeman convinced Everton to sign the midfielder from Ajax in the summer for around €27 million but since he was sacked and Sam Allardyce took charge, Klaassen has found himself isolated out of the squad. He has only played six minutes in the Premier League since October.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport on Sunday, Koeman said on Klaassen, “I called him a few weeks ago and spoke out of curiosity. He was in the picture again at Everton, but now again not. I do not know why. He had a difficult start at Everton, that was disappointing. 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 on the midfield. 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. That’s why I had also met him. 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. “

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