Jordy Clasie is an efficient holding midfield general whose main responsibilities involving breaking up play and recycling possession. Despite playing in a deep lying playmaker role Clasie is going into this summer's World Cup with an impressive seven assists and, due to a tournament ending injury to Kevin Strootman, is due to play a much larger role than many expected.
Standing at a mere 5ft7in Clasie possesses wonderful balance, so much so he has been dubbed the “Dutch Xavi”. Clasie also has an uncanny ability to win the ball and despite his small physique can be categorised as a tough tackling midfielder. Much like Man Utd legend, Paul Scholes has an incredible eye for a long pass, as well as having the odd wonder strike from distance in his locker. Could this be the second coming of the famous “Ginger Prince”?
CURRENT ABILITY : B
Technically gifted in every department as illustrated by Who Scored as listing him as having no weaknesses, the only question surrounding the Dutch star is his experience at the highest level. Despite making almost 150 appearances in the Dutch League over the last four years the 22-year-old, while has eight caps for his country.
He has played in the Europa League but this lack of top level experience means I can only grade his current ability at a B, as he is yet to test his undoubted potential against top opposition.
In spite of his small frame, we have to look no further than Man Utd legend Paul Scholes to gauge Clasie’s suitability to the Premier League and the Manchester United way of playing football. Like Clasie, Scholes stands at 5ft7in and shares very similar characteristics to the Feyernoord man.
Physically strong on and off the ball in addition to being a wonderfully balanced individual these attributes should serve the Haarlem born "pitbull" in good stead were he to move to the Premier League.
POTENTIAL : A+
Jordy Clasie well and truly has the world at his feet. With similar abilities to one of the best midfielders the Premier League has ever seen, in addition to possessing attributes his potential predecessor did not have, such as Clasie’ ability to tackle opponents, something Scholes at times comedically lacked; makes one consider how far the young Dutchman can go in the game.
PREDICTED SUCCESS: B+
Clasie has all the tools, however the immense pressure of having to fill the boots of Scholes will no doubt have an effect on the player. That said Clasie is a wonderfully talented player and with his current Dutch boss Louis van Gaal at the helm in Manchester, we may see Clasie become a top Premier League player. We only have to take a look at how good he is now to see what to expect of him in the famous red of Manchester United.
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