Ronald Koeman has warned Southampton's Jordy Clasie on the club's official site that he will have to raise his game in the Premier League if he is to impress.
Clasie was brought in by the Saints this summer, but injury has halted his progress at St. Mary's and he is yet to make a domestic appearance.
With the Dutch midfielder in line to be in Southampton's match-day squad for their next outing against Leicester City, there is great excitement about seeing him in action.
But Koeman said: "It’s not the Dutch league and he has to bring more because he’s not the most physical player.
"His first pass is always forwards, it’s never back. He’s trying to pass between the lines. We need that and can do that better in our football. He knows that he has to bring his level and it’s a tough competition.
"That means that other qualities you have to improve – on his level, on his intensity of the game, but he needs time for that after his injury."
Despite Koeman trying to quell the excitement around Clasie's Premier League debut, there are still high hopes for him.
He was arguably the Saints' standout summer recruit, having accumulated over 100 games for Feyenoord and earning 11 Holland caps.
Clasie will hope that he can live up to his reputation, but there is no guarantee that he will break immediately into Southampton's starting line-up.
Koeman's side have been in great form of late, and they head into this weekend's match on the back of a win over Chelsea before the international break.