Claudio Ranieri has said that Ozan Tufan needs to understand the "rhythm" of the Premier League after struggling to get to grips with life at Watford.

The Turkish international has featured nine times since his arrival on loan from Fenerbahce, but is yet to play a full game, while flattering to deceive in his brief appearances.

His most recent showing in Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Leicester was yet further cause for concern about his ability to adapt to English football, with the game more or less passing him by.

Asked about the midfielder's suitability after the match, Ranieri said Tufan simply needs more game time to allow him to help him to adjust to his new surroundings.

"I will try, when I have the chance, to put him in because he needs to get to Premier League performance level," said the head coach.

"For me it’s important, the skill is high in the player, but he needs to take the rhythm of the Premier League."

Tufan's chances of getting that game time were diminished further at the end of last week when the club announced the arrival of Edo Kayembe from KAS Eupen, after already confirming the signings of Hassane Kamara and Samir.

However, Ranieri said he needs to see his players in training before he can understand where best to fit them into his side.

"[Kayembe] can play as a Louza, also like central left midfielder," he said. "He can play in two roles in this team. He played 4-4-2 [with Eupen] as the left midfielder of two central midfielders.

"They have to train before. It's difficult to put them on the pitch without a training session. Some players finished [for winter breaks] on 11 December, others also before. They need to make a training session.

"Of course, they train at home, but you understand that to train at home is not the same as training with the team."

With those three players brought in, Ranieri said that he was now focusing his attention on next week's crucial run of fixtures, with basement battles against the likes of Newcastle, Burnley and Norwich all coming within the space of six days.

"Now we have to think about what I have and our focus now is only on the next three matches," he said.

"We are okay at this moment, I don’t think about other signings in the future, I'm thinking about these players."