Koeman moved to sign Jordy Clasie following the sale of Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United, and he has told the Daily Mail that the Dutchman is a ‘perfect replacement’ for Southampton’s former star.
Koeman said: “He’s a perfect replacement for Morgan in that position. I know that because I worked three seasons already with Jordy. Of course, he's still not Schneiderlin but he's still young. He has to develop and adapt to the Premier League and its intensity but he's a great signing.”
Clasie was long linked with a move to Southampton, following Koeman’s arrival as head coach last summer.
They worked together for three years at De Kuip, and it was during this time that Clasie developed from impressive youth prospect to established Eredivisie midfielder, Feyenoord captain - and fully-capped Dutch international.
Like Schneiderlin, the 24-year-old is a deep lying midfielder who looks to break up play and start attacks from just in front of the defence. He is not as attack-mided as the French international, but is a better ball-winner, and is fit enough to patrol the entire pitch for 90 minutes.
The deficiencies in his play are sure to be overcome by playing under Koeman, and he will suit Southampton’s system almost perfectly.
Clasie was the only player who could have replaced Schneiderlin in almost like-for-like terms, and the Saints made a wise move in signing Koeman’s favourite this summer - after months of reports linking the midfielder with a move to the Premier League.