Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur and Davy Klaassen of Everton battle for possession
Memphis Depay and Vincent Janssen are the names of two extremely talented individuals who made the switch from the Dutch first division to the Premier League in the past few seasons and struggled to prove themselves in the English top division.
The latest to make the switch, former Ajax captain Davy Klaassen, had a wonderful season with the Amsterdam club last year, leading a youthful side to second in the Eredivisie and the finals of the Europa League. But, he has failed to make a similar impact this season at Goodison.
The 24-year-old started in an advanced midfield position last weekend against Tottenham but struggled to show his qualities, and was subbed off at half time for Tom Davies. On Thursday (against Atalanta), Klaassen found himself on the bench and only got his chance to replace Wayne Rooney when the game was well and truly gone from Everton's grasp.
Everton's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (L) vies with Hajduk Split's Greek midfielder Savvas Gentsoglou during the UEFA Europa League
Which brings us to the question, has Ronald Koeman used his compatriot in the right positions and the right games?
You only need to visit Everton's weekend rivals Manchester United, to see how Jose Mourinho has handled Victor Lindelöf after signing him for £30.75 million (as reported by the Telegraph) during the summer. The Portuguese has elected the play the former Benfica man in Champions League games, a competition he already has experience in playing.
The Manchester United manager did something similar with Henrikh Mkhitaryan last year, and the Red Devils seem to be reaping the benefits of the approach now. So does playing Davy Klaassen more regularly in the Europa League, a competition he almost won last season make more sense than throwing him to the proverbial dogs in the Premier League?
Ronald Koeman, Manager of Everton
The Dutch international was also used along with Gylfi Sigurðsson and Wayne Rooney against Tottenham, all three arguably with similar qualities, which brings more questions to the door of the former Southampton manager.
All in all, if Ronald Koeman doesn't want Klaassen's career in an Everton shirt go the same direction as Depay and Janssen's did in the Premier League, a different approach to managing his new signing seems necessary.