Presenter Barry Cass has been speaking on Toffee TV’s YouTube channel about Donny van de Beek’s agents latest comments concerning Everton.
Central midfield does not appear to be an area of obvious weakness for the Toffees as they have the likes of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Andre Gomes and Jean-Philippe Gbamin who can operate in that position, especially if the latter can stay fit and healthy.
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However, that has not stopped Van de Beek’s agent from revealing on Dutch TV how he had spoken to Marcel Brands about Everton taking the Dutch midfielder on loan – something that Manchester United were happy to sanction until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pulled the plug just before deadline day.
Cass spoke about how Van de Beek may have fit into the Everton side.
“Donny van de Beek’s agent claims that he spoke to Marcel Brands and Farhad Moshiri, and agreed a loan deal for the Manchester United midfield player. He said Manchester United were open to the move and then on Monday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pulled the plug on the deal and said that he wouldn’t be going anywhere.
“I don’t know what he would have brought to Everton, he’s obviously a talented player, but he’s not someone blessed with loads of pace. He’d have probably had to play in a number 10 role at Everton – maybe Rafa Benitez would have used him there, I don’t know.
“But it’s an interesting one, isn’t it? A bit of a different profile on the likes of [Luis] Diaz, who we were reportedly targeting as well so a bit of a strange one, but apparently it had legs.”
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Van de Beek has gone from being a bright and promising midfielder that helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals, to being a bench player at Man United who only started four games in the Premier League last season for the Red Devils.
The midfielder may have seen moving to somewhere like Everton as the best place to get his career back on track. The Toffees aren’t expected to be challenging for the top four, titles or much silverware, so there would be significantly less coverage and eyes on him but for now, he will have to settle for more spots on the bench until at least January unless he can work his way into Solskjaer’s plans.