Jordy Clasie

Jordy Clasie is a Dutch central midfielder who was born in Haarlem, Netherlands on 27th June 1991. Clasie was signed up by Feyenoord's academy at the age of 9. The player progressed all the way to the first team, despite questions over his lack of height. Having already represented Holland at youth level, Clasie joined Excelsior on loan for the 2010/11 season. He made his debut in a 3-2 win over parent club Feyenoord on 15th August, before scoring in his next outing against NEC Nijmegan. Excelsior finished third from bottom, but Clasie still proved he had what it took to hang at that level. He also played for Holland at U21 level during this time.

Ronald Koeman gave Clasie his breakthrough at De Kuip very soon after his arrival as manager. His first appearance came in a friendly against Malaga on 31st July. Clasie made his Eredivise bow for the club against Excelsior on 5th August 2011. He quickly gained a reputation as one of the best passers in the division. Clasie also proved to be tenacious in the tackle. He helped Feyenoord to an impressive 2nd place finish for 2011/12. Clasie was named on the standby list for Holland's Euro 2012 squad.

Clasie had another good season during 2012/13, rejecting the advances of several bigger clubs to help Feyenoord to another 2nd place finish. In 2013 he played at the U21 Championship for Holland. Feyenoord finished 2nd yet again in 2013/14. Clasie played well enough to earn a place in Louis Van Gaal's 2014 World Cup squad. He featured in the semi-final against Argentina and third place play-off against Brazil.

In August 2014 Clasie signed a contract extension with Feyenoord. He remained a key player at De Kuip, as Feyenoord's fortunes took a slight dip following Koeman's departure to Southampton. He scored what turned out to be his final goal for the club on 26th April 2015, a 1-1 draw at Groningen.

On 15th July 2015 Clasie signed for Southampton, just days after Morgan Schneiderlin had departed to Manchester United. Clasie made his debut in a friendly at Groningen on July 18th. Five days later he received a warm welcome on his return to De Kuip, performing well in a 3-0 win. Clasie's first competitive appearance for Southampton came on July 30th against Vitesse. The former Feyenoord man limped off injured in the second half. He returned on August 10th in an U21 fixture at Staplewood against Man City. Clasie provided the assist for Marcus Barnes' first-half goal, but suffered another injury setback early into the second period.