Everton seal the deal on the loan signing of Donny van de Beek.
After the Dutchman snubbed a potential move to Crystal Palace, van de Beek has accepted a loan transfer to Goodison Park in the hopes to revitalize his career.
This makes the Dutchman the first signing for the Toffees under new manager Frank Lampard.
After so long on the sidelines, what can we expect from the 24 year-old?
Something to Prove
For the Everton faithful, it’s still somewhat of a mystery what Van de Beek can provide for the Toffees. Having been on the periphery at Manchester United since he moved in 2020, the 24 year-old has yet to make a statement in the Premier League.
The Dutchman has suffered limited game time under Ralf Ragnick and Ole Gunna Solskjær. Just 579 minutes of action for the Red-Devils’s 35 million pound man means its hard to know what to expect from Van de Beek.
But the ex-Ajax man comes to Everton with something to prove.
There’s absolutely no doubt that Donny van de Beek is a seriously talented player. A graduate of the Ajax Academy, the Dutchman was impressive in his time at the Amsterdam club.
Van de Beek had previously been the talisman under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, reaching the Champions League Semi-finals in 2019 and scoring 6 goals throughout the competition. His time at the Eredivisie club propelled him and other Ajax teammates into superstardom, garnering interest from the biggest teams in Europe.
The Dutchman was praised for creating and scoring goals at a formidable rate under Ten Hag. Occupying the number 10 position, Van de Beek at Ajax netted 41 goals and 34 assists in 175 appearances.
His Place at Everton
The Dutchman’s main task will be to add some much needed creativity in the centre of the park. With Everton currently plagued by injuries, the Toffee’s will be blowing a sigh of relief for getting this deal over the line. Van de Beek is capable of playing anywhere in midfield, having made appearances in both defensive and attacking midfield positions at Ajax.
Frank Lampard would most likely implement the Dutchman into a midfield three alongside Abdoulaye Doucouré and Allan. With Lampard preferring a 4-3-3 system, the ex-Chelsea Manager and Coach will look to make Van de Beek the main focal point and playmaker in the midfield.
With Lampard’s specific style of play, his demands for his team to be on the ball and dominating games, the 43-year-old would undoubtedly look to utilise Van de Beek’s aggressive attacking style and passing capabilities to help create more chances for the forward players.
Donny van de Beek is a statement signing that shows Everton is finally taking a step in the right direction.
Though unproven in his time at Man United, his playing days at Ajax justify why the Dutchman is a risk worth taking for the Toffees.
A superbly creative midfielder who could potentially flourish under the management and guidance of Frank Lampard.