Everton boss Ronald Koeman has publicly urged his £30million duo Davy Klaassen and Sandro Ramirez to have ‘patience’ as unrest creeps in at the Merseyside club.
The Dutchman was responsible for brokering both deals in the summer, signing midfielder Klaassen for £25m from Ajax and striker Sandro from Malaga for £5.2m.
Both players have suffered wobbly, inconsistent starts to their careers in England, but Koeman believes that both players will succeed in the long run.
Talking about Klaassen to the Daily Mail, the former Southampton boss said: “He needs time.
“He is okay. He is intelligent on the ball. He can improve in fitness and he can improve physically in battles in the midfield.
“That is what he needs to learn and improve but that is normal. The Dutch league is not the Premier League and the boy gets time for that. It is all about the player himself. It is the same question for other young players.
The 24 year old had been a key influence in Ajax’s success over recent years, captaining the side in the previous two campaigns and scoring 35 goals in 90 games in all competitions from a midfield berth.
Since his move to Everton, however, Klaassen has struggled to make an impact in multiple competitions. In the Premier League, the Dutch international has yet to register a goal or assist in his four appearances, completing just one key pass in the process.
Speaking about Sandro Ramirez, Koeman said: “He will come good because I don’t have any doubts as to the quality of the player.”
Sandro has also featured in four Premier League games, without playing a part in any goals. The Spaniard has struggled to deal with the physicality of the league in the early stages and Everton have looked weak going forward as a result.
Koeman insists that it’s important to remember that the raw talent is there following his 14 goal haul for Malaga last season, but he must develop quickly to play in the Premier League.