Journalist Jack Cunningham has given his view on Everton potentially making a move for Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek.
Reports seemed to suggest this past summer that the Red Devils were “willing to let him go”, with the Dutchman reportedly frustrated over his lack of playing time, so an exit could be on the cards at some point in the future.
Speaking in an interview with Dutch outlet NOS, Everton sporting director Marcel Brands confirmed the club’s interest in him this past summer, by stating: “We had him on our list. At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled, stopped again.”
He also left open the possibility of Everton making a move for him again in January, by stating: “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.”
Speaking about a potential move on a recent video for Football Insider, Cunningham claimed that a move to Goodison Park could be just what the Dutchman needs to get back to the way he was at his former club Ajax:
“I think it would be a fantastic move for Everton and Van de Beek, to be honest. It’s just been a disaster for him, hasn’t it, really – no game time at all, and when he has played, he’s struggled.
“He’d be a big upgrade in that Everton midfield, could come in, play numerous positions, just add some quality and class. We saw how good he was at Ajax – you don’t just lose that from just not playing a bit. He just needs the right manager to guide him.
“And I think it’s interesting that Brands left it open. So he’s putting some public pressure on, Van de Beek now has that in his head that, ‘Oh, they’re still interested’.
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Should Everton move for Donny van de Beek?
At this stage, Van de Beek just needs to be playing games, and given how little he’s been used at Old Trafford this season, barring a dramatic change such as a flood of injuries, it doesn’t look as if it’s going to come there.
A quick look at his numbers for Ajax shows that there is a player there that can easily have an impact on games when given the chance and played in a system that plays to his strengths.
And with Everton looking to take a step forward under Rafael Benitez into a side that qualifies for Europe, if Van de Beek is allowed to flourish and can replicate that form, then he could be the man to take their impressive start which sees them lie 5th in the table and just give them that little boost to get them over the line.