When Southampton completed the signing of Jordy Clasie in 2015 it was seen as a coup from the South-Coast side. Ronald Koeman had snapped him up from previous club Feyenoord in a deal reported by the BBC to be in the region of £8 million.
The Dutchman had been touted with a move to England for some time previously. Back in 2013 the Netherlands international, who had been dubbed the ‘Dutch Xavi’ was being linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – as reported by talkSPORT.
Clasie himself spoke of opportunities to join Fiorentina, AS Roma or Porto, in conversation with Sport Magazine. He rejected those deals, with the move to Southampton the most appealing to his ambition.
So big things were expected of him at Southampton.
Yet, Clasie never truly lived up to the billing. After a so-so first season under former Feyenoord boss Koeman’s influence Clasie was soon out of favour under new manager Claude Puel. Clasie was also hardly doing anything on the pitch to suggest he was deserving of more first-team opportunities.
So in the summer, he was loaned out to Belgian side Club Brugge. In January he made it clear he did not want to return to Southampton, referring to his spell at the club as ‘horrible’ – as reported by the Sun.
Clasie’s time in Belgium has been up-and-down. He has only recently cemented himself as a first-team regular after a knee injury stunted his early days with the Belgian league leaders. So far, Clasie has managed just eight league starts.
Southampton remain Clasie’s parent club. Now he is finally starting to show what he can do at Club Brugge there may be a school of thought that the Dutchman deserves another chance at Southampton next season.
The likelihood however is that Clasie’s time at Southampton is over. Once tipped as the next big Dutch star, the Saints owned player will need to make the right career choice this summer if he is to resurrect his promising career.