Manchester United might need missed out on Jadon Sancho, however they’re nonetheless getting one of the promising younger gamers on the earth this summer season.
Donny van de Beek accomplished his transfer from Ajax to Previous Trafford on Wednesday for a reported payment of £40million.
The Dutch membership have established themselves as Europe’s feeder membership after bringing via some extraordinary expertise, similar to Frenkie de Jong, Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech.
Van de Beek, 23, has signed a five-year contract with United and there’s quite-rightly loads of fuss being made concerning the Dutchman’s transfer.
Right here, talkSPORT.com takes a more in-depth take a look at Van de Beek and why that is such an thrilling signing for United followers.
Profession to this point?
Van de Beek grew up in a household of Ajax followers and went to his first match aged 5.
Following within the footsteps of his heroes, Van de Beek joined the Ajax academy in 2008.
The Ajax youth system is known for producing the likes of Johan Cruyff, Frank Rijkaard and Dennis Bergkamp.
So it’s no shock that Van de Beek, minimize from the identical ‘Complete Soccer’ material, turned out to be fairly good.
After progressing via the academy’s ranks, an 18-year-old Van de Beek debuted for the first-team in a Europa League match towards Celtic in November 2015.
And earlier than the flip of the yr, he already had his first aim for the membership, a superb effort towards Molde.
Inside months, Van de Beek had established himself as a daily underneath Ronald de Boer, whereas Barcelona and Bayern Munich have been already eager about his providers.
The midfielder started to edge his approach into the beginning XI throughout the 2016/17 marketing campaign, and the departure of Davy Klaassen to Everton paved the best way for Van de Beek forward of the 2017/18 season.
Ajax took Europe by storm in 2018/19, with Van de Beek on the centre of issues because the Dutch membership gained their first Eredivisie title in 5 years and reached the final 4 of the Champions League.
He was dropped at the eye of English soccer followers with a aim and a man-of-the-match show towards Tottenham within the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, though Ajax have been eradicated as Spurs launched a surprising comeback within the return fixture.
Extra just lately, Van de Beek was on the scoresheet throughout an unimaginable 4-Four draw towards Chelsea.
So that you gained’t be stunned to listen to that objectives are a giant a part of his recreation…
How does he play?
His former supervisor De Boer believed Van de Beek was greatest deployed in a standard, box-to-box quantity six function. Kind of like Paul Pogba.
Nonetheless, in newer years, the 23-year-old has emerged extra as an attacking midfielder who performs in between the strains.
Van de Beek has drawn comparisons to Chelsea legend Frank Lampard along with his skill to reach late within the field and rating objectives, grabbing 40 within the final three seasons.
He additionally possesses wonderful management and very good imaginative and prescient.
There had been some strategies Van de Beek will slot alongside Pogba in a defensive midfield function, changing Nemanja Matic, Fred, or Scott McTominay.
However Van de Beek and Pogba are each attack-minded midfielders and it’s attainable they’re preventing for a similar spot, until both can alter to a extra defensive function.
“I can’t see him enjoying in a defensive midfield function,” Dutch soccer skilled Marcel van der Kraan informed the talkSPORT Breakfast. “He desires to make use of his stamina and vitality and likes to get within the field.
“I might say he’s way more a participant like Frank Lampard in his nice days for Chelsea and England. I believe he would play in all probability with one other attacking midfielder and a holding midfielder, nevertheless it relies upon what Solskjaer has bought in thoughts.”
What’s being stated about him?
Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is a giant fan of the Dutchman.
“Van de Beek. No one talks a lot about him,” Pochettino stated earlier than the second-leg final yr. “However he has a dynamic within the recreation, he will get behind Tadic, he arrives, he works, he scores objectives.
“Logically, I really like De Jong and De Ligt. However the instance of the operation of this Ajax is Van de Beek. I like very a lot. They’ve a younger participant, from the academy, in every line, that reveals what the staff is.”
And De Boer has earlier revealed that Arsenal legend Bergkamp was a giant purpose behind Van de Beek’s rise.
He stated: “Dennis [Bergkamp] began speaking enthusiastically a couple of expertise in his youth staff.
“It was a boy who reminded Dennis of himself at that age. That was the sign for me to keep watch over that man. That was Donny.”
Enjoyable reality: Van de Beek is at the moment relationship Bergkamp’s daughter, Estelle Bergkamp.
How will he match into Man United’s staff?
Given each United and Ajax used this formation final season, it’s more likely to be the one we see essentially the most.
You’d count on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to retain his entrance 4, who have been deadly previous to the Europa League finals however change it up simply behind.
Van de Beek would play on the fitting of the 2 however get ahead much more than Pogba in a extra box-to-box function as we noticed him in at Ajax.
His French teammate would then cowl behind centrally and defend the backline, whereas we might see a diminished offensive output from full-backs Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to steadiness out the attacking midfield trio.
If Solskjaer does want to add some further metal then Scott McTominay might are available for Pogba, whereas with the addition of Van de Beek we’ll see further rotation to fight fatigue.
If Solskjaer actually desires to assault a staff in a low block, this is likely to be the formation he’ll go for.
McTominay can drop between his two centre-backs pushing Shaw and Wan-Bissaka ahead, permitting Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, and Van de Beek to play nearer collectively.
Pogba is the person sacrificed however he gives a flexible substitute which can favour Solksjaer ought to the sport not be stepping into his aspect’s favour.
At factors, particularly within the Europa League, United swapped to a five-man defence.
This was, ordinarily, a 3-4-1-2 with Martial, Rashford, Greenwood, or Daniel James making up the strike partnership.
With Van de Beek, although, this might get a tweak with only one ahead up high and one dropping off right into a assist function alongside the Dutchman.
Right here the duo can each create and get into the field and on the top of probabilities create by Fernandes and Pogba, who shall be backed up by the three-man defence.