Jordy Clasie has been playing regularly for Feyenoord for four seasons now and he is the current captain, but the time might be coming for him to move on to pastures new. Feyenoord failed to perform like they did in the 2013/14 campaign and it could be the right time to leave the club. A fourth place finish was disappointing for Feyenoord and they need to get back to the top of the Dutch game next season and to do that they will need to spend money this summer. Although it will be difficult for the club to see Clasie move on, it would bring in much needed finances to fund their own transfer dealings writes Jack Jackman.
The midfielder has been linked to Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur in England, while he has been scouted by various other clubs across Europe. The link to Southampton is not surprising given that his former manager Ronald Koeman is the manager there and it looks to be a club that will suit the midfielder as Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Eljero Elia have all gone there and made an impact.
Clasie has the ability to settle and make an impact in the Premier League. He is a combative midfielder who is good at distributing the football, which makes him a rare commodity in the modern game. The role of the defensive midfielder is on the rise and the Dutchman fits the bill as a modern defensive midfielder who is a good tackler and is capable of dictating the tempo when his side is in possession. As is expected from Dutch footballers, he is good on the ball and has a great passing range. He is also known as one of the best set piece takers in the Eredivisie, which will add a couple of million onto his price tag.
At the age of 23, Clasie has the potential to go on and be a regular for the Dutch national side having picked up 11 caps already for Oranje. The Eredivisie is a great league to develop in for young players and Clasie has benefited from playing competitive football at a high level since his teens, but it’s difficult to become a top player without moving to one of Europe’s bigger leagues.
This season has been a good one for Clasie scoring twice and getting six assists which is a good return for a defensive minded midfielder. His passing, through balls and set pieces have stood out, while he is also an excellent reader of the game as testified by his tackling and interception stats. His passing accuracy of 83.6 highlights his ability on the ball and shows that he is capable of retaining possession.
This summer is going to be an interesting one for Feyenoord as they once again try to rebuild and put together a side good enough to match the side they had under Ronald Koeman. However they may have to do it without Clasie who looks like he will be leaving for pastures new and it could be Koeman who takes him away from the club. Southampton will need to buy a new centre midfielder if they lose Morgan Schneiderlin and Clasie would be the perfect replacement. He knows Koeman and the set up is there for him to make an immediate impact.
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