The midfielder has not received enough chances to prove his capabilities at Manchester United.
The career of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United has seen a lot of struggles since his big-money move from Ajax. The Dutch international came to the Premier League in a €39m move back in the 2020/21 season. However, he has not been given enough chances since his arrival to showcase his talent. The situation regarding Donny’s lack of playing time and his increasing frustration is becoming more apparent with every passing day.
Since his recruitment at the club, Donny has started only four Premier League games. Although starting over the likes of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba is not easy, the sidelining of the player is damaging to his career. Van de Beek’s agent has been vocal about the lack of playing time for his client and expects Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to fulfill his ‘promise’. It is unclear why the tactician doesn’t trust the midfielder or why did the club buy him in the first place if he is not deemed useful.
Be that as it may, Donny remains a brilliant player whose talents are wasted on the bench. He must move out on loan if chances of playing regular football for Manchester United are not in the offing. It is imperative that he plays regular football to make a claim for the Netherlands final squad for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup as well.
Here are five clubs that can help Donny van de Beek become successful.
5. AFC Ajax
A permanent move back to Ajax would be a step-back in Van de Beek’s career but it would not be as bad as sitting on the bench every week. A loan move would make more sense for all the parties involved. Donny was instrumental in Ajax’s incredible run during the 2018/19 season in the UEFA Champions League. The Dutch outfit defeated the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.
In that season, Donny Van de Beek scored 17 goals and provided 13 assists, prompting MUFC to sign him. A move back to the Dutch Eredivisie could revitalise the midfielder and give him the playing time he is desperately looking for.
4. FC Barcelona
The La Liga giants are a club in transition since the departure of many high-profile players such Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann. They are currently struggling to cope up against the likes of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. Ronald Koeman’s career as the manager of the Blaugrana is under heavy scrutiny after a string of poor results. The club needs more impetus in the midfield and experience in that department.
Van de Beek could be a perfect signing for the Spanish giants. Pedri is an exceptional young talent but he has played too much and reached the point of exhaustion in recent times. Donny van de Beek could provide depth and experience in that midfield. Playing alongside compatriots like Frenkie De Jong and Memphis Depay would also work towards the overall team chemistry.
The Premier League outfit showed genuine interest in signing Donny van de Beek during the 2020/21 transfer window. Apparently, a deadline day offer for the midfielder was blocked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian assured Donny that he needs him for the upcoming season. However, he is yet to fulfill his words as Van de Beek is yet to make a start in the Premier League.
Everton could reignite their interest in the upcoming winter transfer window after observing the situation around the player. Letting a player join another Premier League side may not be the smartest move and a loan deal would benefit all parties. Jesse Lingard was a huge success at West Ham on loan last season and the same could work in Donny’s case. This would ultimately help Manchester United as Donny would get more chances to adapt to the Premier League.
2. RB Leipzig
The Bundesliga side could be a fresh change of pace for the Dutch midfielder. The club is reeling from the after-effects of losing their star players and manager to Bayern Munich. The gap left by Marcel Sabitzer also needs filling. A box-to-box player like Van de Beek could be the solution to multiple problems at the club.
The outfit plays attacking football under the leadership of the new boss, Jesse Marsch. Kevin Kampl (30) and Emil Forsberg (29) are the most experienced figures in the midfield. Donny would be the third-most experienced in the team and would get ample opportunities at the club.
The Serie A giants are going through a fate similar to FC Barcelona. They are reeling from the after-effects of losing Cristiano Ronaldo and their domestic domination with the resurgence of Inter Milan. Juventus further lack quality in the midfield department.
Donny van de Beek is a sort of player, who would offer more threat going forward. His positional awareness in the box is amazing and will help Juventus create more opportunities. Players like Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur have not contributed as much in the attacking third and it is exactly why the Dutch midfielder could be a revelation for the Old Lady.