The misery of Dutch star, Donny Van De Beek finally ends as he decides to move from Manchester United due to less playtime and management issues. Van De Beek decided to move on a loan spell to Everton FC who were interested in him for quite a long time.
After his “overnight” success at Ajax FC, Van De Beek was signed by Manchester United in 2020 for a hefty transfer fee of 40 million pounds. United had won the race to sign the Dutch Star after a bidding battle with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.
Since his signing, Van De Beek has been nothing but a flop for Manchester United. Playing just 27 games in the last 2 years, Van De Beek has struggled to adapt to the system. He has scored only twice which is a big downgrade from his game at Ajax.
Considering all these factors, it was safe to say that a talented player like Van De Beek needed a fresh start and more playtime. In the 2021 winter transfer window, The Dutch star received 2 loan deals from Crystal Palace FC and Everton FC.
Van De Beek considered them both but with better players and management style at Everton, Van De Beek decided to accept the latter deal. Based on the current scenario, Everton is expected to pay the full salary of Van De Beek and could also for a loan-to-buy clause. Everton will also have to pay a “loan fee” to Manchester United.
With managing only 579 minutes of EPL playtime across two seasons, Van De Beek has suffered a lot. This is equivalent to playing less than 7 whole matches, making it a nightmare for him.
From having such a major role in Ajax’s success in the Champions League to becoming a bench warmer at Manchester United, Donny became frustrated. In several interviews, he expressed his discomfort regarding the management under former manager, Ole Gunnar Soljasker.
With Lampard’s appointment at Everton, Van De Beek thought this was his best time to move in order to get some playtime thus his loan move to Everton is completely justified.
Will Donny shine for Everton?
The sacking of their head coach, Rafa Benetiz put the Merseyside club in a situation of turmoil with the club currently at the 16th position, 4 points above the relegation zone. With only 5 wins in their 20 matches played, the sacking of Benetiz was inevitable.
Everton’s situation however changed as they decided to hire Frank Lampard as their new manager. Lampard’s dynamic game style and possession-based play might just help Everton to reach a respectable position in the league.
With the signing of Van De Beek, the squad has found a new sense of hope and confidence. Lampard knows how to perfectly use a midfielder as he did with Mason Mount at Chelsea FC.
The versatility of Donny Van De Beek has turned Lampard’s eyes on him and with his guidance, Van de Beek can reach his “world-class” status again.