Van de Beek joins Everton on loan

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Everton has completed the loan deal for Donny Van de Beek but with a twist. The Toffees do not have the option to make the deal permanent.

The Dutch International, prior to moving to United, Van De Beek played his best football for Ajax. Donning the no. 10 shirt for the Dutch club. The 24-year-old went on to say

“I had a really positive meeting with the new coach,” he said. “We have the same ideas about football and he had a lot of influence on my decision.

“I played against him when I was at Ajax, and he was at Chelsea [as manager], so he knows me as a player. He thinks I have qualities that can help the team. I can learn a lot from him because he was a little bit in the same position – a midfield player who scored a lot of goals.

Everton will bear Van De Beek’s wages for the remainder of the season. Crystal Palace and Valencia were namely the clubs in the race for Donny but ultimately it was Everton who swooped in on the midfielder.

Donny Van De Beek’s move to Everton was mainly influenced by the lack of game time in United. He clearly wasn’t the first choice for the previous boss Ole as well as the current interim manager Ralf Ragnick despite getting on the score sheet on his debut match. But for Ajax, the Dutch International was clearly was the main man for their run in the champions league of 2019 scoring 6 in the competition. He made 100 appearances in Eredivise and scored 34.

So what went wrong with Van De Beek?

Upon his arrival in United, there was a rush of excitement around Van De Beek. His performance for Ajax attracted interest from every major European club. United got him for as little as 39 million euros. They made very little use of the blistering talent that he had. Let’s hope for a different story at Everton.

Donny has played just 582 minutes to date for united in contrast to their best midfielder Bruno, who has played 4879 minutes under his belt. The 24-year had a peripheral role at United if we are being honest and was never given a chance to prove his worth to the crowd.

His role under Ole’s formation of 4-2-3-1 as well as Ragnick’s unsuccessful 4-2-2-2 was clearly never there.

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