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Manchester United Midfielder Linked To Fenerbahce: Should Ten Hag Cash In?

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According to a report from Manchester Evening News, excluded Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek has emerged as a potential target for Fenerbahce. Man United have already engaged in two transactions with the Turkish club this summer.

It has been indicated in the report that Fenerbahce may make a move for the Dutch midfielder before their transfer window closes on September 15. The fact that van de Beek has been omitted from the Champions League squad further fuels speculation about his potential departure from Old Trafford.

Van De Beek’s Unimpressive Loan Spell At Everton

The 25-year-old was loaned to Everton in January, following two challenging seasons at Manchester United. During his time with the Toffees, he featured in 7 Premier League matches and scored once in the latter half of the campaign.

Donny van de Beek
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JULY 19: Donny van de Beek of Manchester United celebrates scoring with his team mates during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais at BT Murrayfield Stadium on July 19, 2023 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Van De Beek has struggled to secure a consistent role in the central midfield for either club, with statistics showing an average of 0.5 shots, 0.4 key passes, 0.4 dribbles, 1.4 tackles, and 0.7 interceptions per game in the Premier League. However, he has demonstrated proficiency in passing, boasting an 82.7% completion rate for his attempted passes in the English top-flight (statistics sourced from whoscored).

Should Manchester United Boss Erik Ten Hag Cash In On Him?

Donny Van De Beek possesses solid defensive skills and is proficient at winning tackles. He actively contributes to the team’s defensive efforts, willingly engaging in challenges and clearing the ball when sensing a threat from the opposition. Additionally, he has the ability to score goals and create opportunities for his teammates in the attacking third.

At 25 years old, there is still room for him to refine his game and further enhance his performance to reach his full potential. At this stage of his career, he is undoubtedly seeking regular playing time. Although the arrival of Ten Hag at Old Trafford offered the prospect of a beneficial reunion with his former manager, it appears that this hasn’t been the case.

Given his current position in the team’s pecking order, it seems that the most sensible choice for the midfielder is to seek playing opportunities elsewhere. In this scenario, both Van De Beek and Ten Hag would likely benefit from a transfer deal.

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