In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Scotland manager Alex McLeish mentioned that Everton are in pole position to land Donny van de Beek from Manchester United permanently this summer. McLeish said: “If Man United signed him in the first place, obviously he’s a player with great pedigree.
“A lot of clubs would have wanted him in the first place. They will be watching him with interest, keeping an eye on his situation.
“Of course Everton could be in pole position.”
Van de Beek’s recent form in English football
Van de Beek had an uneventful campaign with the Red Devils which led to his loan move to Goodison Park during the January transfer window. The 24-year-old has made two appearances for Everton this season but is still waiting to open his goalscoring account for the Merseyside club.
The Dutch sensation has shown promising signs with his performances for the Toffees as he averages 2.0 tackles, 0.5 steals, 0.5 shots and 0.5 key assists per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He was precise in his ball distribution having made 90% of his pass attempts in the top flight (stats via whoscored).
Everton in pole position to sign Van De Beek permanently: a good move for everyone involved?
Van de Beek did a bit of everything in the center of the park. However, things just haven’t fallen into place for him so far in English football. The Dutch talent can anchor the midfield well when he plays consistently and confidently on the pitch and can create meaningful openings for his teammates up front. However, goals have dried up for him in recent seasons due to his lack of first-team starts at parent club Manchester United.
Thus, it makes sense for van de Beek to seek a permanent move to Goodison Park in search of more playing opportunities in the coming seasons.
Frank Lampard could also unlock the former Ajax midfield ace’s best. Therefore, the Toffees should think about signing van de Beek permanently as it will be a good move for both the player and the Merseyside club in the long run.