Former Everton manager Ronald Koeman has told the Dutch media he was ‘disappointed’ with the contribution from Davy Klaassen as he expected more from the Dutchman.

Koeman signed Klaassen from Ajax, but the midfielder has struggled to make an impact since arriving at Everton.

Voetbal international have reported on comments Koeman made to Ziggo Sports when asked about the Everton player: “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 don’t know why. He had a difficult start at Everton, that was disappointing. But you can’t say that he doesn’t train hard and work hard.”

“I was disappointed with Davy. What did not help him was that we didn’t 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.”

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“Klaassen was someone we spent a lot of money for and who could have really have played a role in the midfield. In retrospect, you may have to doubt whether the step was too big.”

Klaassen only joined Everton in the last summer window, but he’s failed to hold down a place in the team this season.

The player continued to be snubbed by caretaker manager David Unsworth earlier in the season, and he’s continued to struggle to get games under current Everton boss Sam Allardyce.

Much was expected of the Netherlands international following his time at Ajax and it’s possible he will move on this summer. Klaassen was linked with a move to Napoli in the last window, but the move never materialised due to an issue with image rights.