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Manchester United Identify This Eredivisie Midfielder As Grealish Alternative: Right Choice For Ole?

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According to a recent report by The Daily Express, Manchester United have identified Ajax midfielder, Donny van de Beek, as an alternative to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish this summer. The same source has also stated that the Red Devils are tempted to orchestrate a move for the Dutch playmaker as he could be a cheaper alternative to Grealish during this summer transfer window.

Van de Beek’s Impressive Form For Ajax Last Season

The 23-year-old had experienced another magnificent season at Amsterdam after producing a series of productive displays at the heart of Erik ten Hag’s midfield. He made 37 appearances for the Dutch giants last season, banging in ten goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions which highlight his growing influence at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Van de Beek deserves a lot of praise for his all-round contributions in midfield based on his average of 2.1 tackles, 0.9 interceptions, 1.8 shots, 1.7 key passes and 0.9 dribbles per game in the Eredivisie and European football last season. He has also been very precise with his ball-distribution after completing 82.2% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

The Nijkerkerveen-born talent has earned nine senior caps for the Dutch national team but is still waiting to score his first goal for his country. Maybe a summer switch to Old Trafford could give him a chance to take his game to the next level for both club and country in the years to come.

Manchester United identify Van de Beek as Grealish alternative (Van De Beek in action in the photo)
Ajax’s Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek controls the ball the Europa League round of 32 football match between Getafe CF and Ajax Amsterdam at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium in Getafe on February 20, 2020. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will The Dutch Midfield Ace Bring To The Table?

Van de Beek is a well-rounded footballer as he can impact the game at both ends of the field. He is not shy of getting stuck in with a few tackles to earn possession back for his team. The Dutchman is also quick to read the danger that allows him to make some crucial interceptions inside his half. He has proven his worth as a prolific goal-scorer and productive assist maker in the Eredivisie. However, the jury is still out on whether he can produce similar numbers in the Premier League if Man United can manage to land him this summer.

Is Van De Beek The Right Choice For The Red Devils?

Van de Beek has proven track record of playing at the highest level, so he shouldn’t have too many problems settling into life at the Theatre of Dreams. He will not only add more goals and creativity to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield but also improve the overall quality of his squad.

The Dutch international could end up forming a dream midfield partnership with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes which might be enough for the Red Devils to challenge for the Premier League title next season. At 23, Van de Beek will be a shrewd acquisition for Man United in the long-run as he has his best years ahead of him. With all things considered, he will be a great choice for Solskjaer to consider ahead of the new season.

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