Donny van de Beek had arrived at Manchester United with a lot of expectations but it is safe to say that things did not quite work out for the Dutchman. He failed to make an impact at Old Trafford last season and barely featured this time around, under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then Ralf Rangnick as well. Thus, it was clear that the midfielder needed a change to rediscover his form.
During his time at Ajax, Van de Beek was one of the most highly-rated young players in the world and had played a huge part in their run to the Champions League semi-finals a few years back.
And late in the January transfer window, Manchester United would send him out on loan to Everton, who had appointed Frank Lampard to turn their season around, after a relegation battle had become a possibility for the Merseyside club.
Everton have made a decent start under Lampard and it looks like the manager has been impressed with Van de Beek already. As reported by Manchester Evening News, he said:
"“In a midfield two against Leeds is tough because of their movement, and because they get a lot of rotation and movement in midfield.“Him (Van de Beek) and Allan were fantastic, also Donny on the ball giving us a sense of calm and intelligence, and a nice rhythm in the team, and he’s going to get better and better.“He’s been a dream to work with in the short time he’s been here. He waited for his time at Newcastle, I thought it was right to go with the same team and show the players they deserved it with Brentford, but today was spot on.”"
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There has never been any doubt about Van de Beek’s talent or potential. Questions have been raised though, about whether he is the type of player who can succeed in the Premier League.
Perhaps, he has always needed a spell at a club like Everton, where he would be expected to get a series of chances, instead of Manchester United, where there is a lot of pressure and one bad performance would lead to him being dropped from the team in the following game.
Thus, one can only hope that Van de Beek can finally find his feet in English football during his loan spell at Everton and comes back to make his mark at Manchester United.