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Manchester United Midfielder Urged To Join Everton: Should Benitez Move In For Him?

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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Leeds United player Paddy Kenny urged Manchester United midfielder, Donny van de Beek, to join Everton in the winter transfer window. Kenny said,

“Well that makes sense, doesn’t it?

“Van de Beek hasn’t been getting a game and he’s a young player who will be wanting to play football.

“He’s not getting a game. I’m sure he’s desperate to get out of Man United, I would be.

“He’s a talented boy as well, clubs will want him.

“If you have the chance to go to Everton, where you can get first-team football, why not?

“It sounds like a deal was close so maybe that could be done in January.”

Van De Beek’s Limited Role At The Theatre Of Dreams This Season

First-team opportunities have come at a premium for Van de Beek at Manchester so far in this campaign as he has struggled to get a regular run of games to prove his worth to the Old Trafford faithful. The Dutch talent has participated in just six matches for the Red Devils this season, scoring one goal in the process across all competitions.

Most of his appearances in the league have come as a substitute which explains why he is only averaging 0.7 tackles, 0.3 shots and 1.0 key passes per game in Premier League football. However, he has distributed possession accurately in the opposition half after making 77.8% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MAY 23: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on May 23, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into Premier League stadiums as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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Should Everton Manager Rafael Benitez Move In For Van De Beek?

Van de Beek needs to play regularly if he wants to get some confidence back and perform at the same level from his days at Ajax. When the Dutch midfield ace is playing regularly on the field, he can be a great box-t0-box midfielder. He has got the vision to set up some inviting chances for his teammates and tends to get himself into a few dangerous areas in the attacking third of the field. The Man United outcast can even chip in by scoring the odd goal and can keep possession moving quite well at the centre of the park.

Everton boss Rafael Benitez needs to add more quality and depth to his squad if he wants his side to make a top-six push in the Premier League this season. Van de Beek will undeniably bring some goals and creativity to the Toffees‘ midfield department and would no doubt be an upgrade over Fabian Delph who has flattered to deceive with his performances of late.

With all things considered, the Merseyside outfit should think about moving in for the Dutch sensation as he could help them ensure a top-half finish in the Premier League table and even compete for a major trophy in the coming seasons.

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