As the January transfer window draws ever closer to its conclusion, Donny van de Beek’s future remains to be determined.
The Dutchman is at the center of a transfer tug-of-war and is of interest to both Crystal Palace and Everton as the window prepares to slam shut at 11pm on Monday night.
Van de Beek has been deprived of opportunities at Manchester United this season and is understandably upset about it, so much so that he wants to leave the club, understandably, to secure much-needed first-team football, after a tally of just 50. appearances in all competitions since joining the Reds in September 2020 from Ajax.
Although United are understood to have reservations about letting Van de Beek leave due to his lack of depth in midfield, especially if Jesse Lingard also seals a departure, Van de Beek deserves to be released, if only temporarily, from his nightmare at United. .
He didn’t sign up for the deal he received and United, if anything, would be damaging his career further if they didn’t grant him a temporary loan outing, be it Palace, Everton or elsewhere.
At first glance, a loan move to Palace might be just what he needs. Despite his inexperience as a manager in the Premier League, Patrick Vieira has transformed the London club’s fortunes this season for the better, with his style of play and the individual displays of various players earning rave reviews.
A Rolls-Royce of a midfielder during his playing days, Vieira has transformed Palace’s style of play this season, with them now renowned for their short, clean passing and progressive build-up play, rather than sitting deep, absorbing the pressing and going long and straight to hit opponents on the fast break like they did under former coach Roy Hodgson.
Palace’s new approach to being a total football team could suit Van de Beek to the ground. He grew up applying his trade in that way at Ajax and a temporary move to the capital could allow him to resurrect his career and offer him the opportunity to rediscover himself and showcase his talent in the Premier League, although several United supporters remain hopeful. . that he will have the opportunity to do so at Old Trafford.
The best of Van de Beek’s football at Ajax came when he served as an attacking midfielder, playing the number 10 role, something he has not had the opportunity to do at United due to the presence of Bruno Fernandes. Unless Vieira makes a tactical change to suit him, the Dutch international won’t have that luxury at Palace either, with the Frenchman setting up his side in a 4-3-3 system, with one holding midfielder and the other two, on each side. side. performing a bit higher, but not quite in an advanced midfield position.
One of those two players, currently, is Chelsea loan conor Gallagher, who has wowed the Selhurst Park faithful on more than a few occasions this season, as highlighted by his tally of seven goals and three assists in 19 Premier League games. . The England international has been the star of the show at the Palace this season and his ceiling is getting higher and higher thanks to the faith and trust placed in him by Vieira.
While there are, of course, big differences between Gallagher and Van de Beek, including their respective ages, Vieira has shown that he has the ability to take a tune from a loan and develop it. Once again, Van de Beek is different from Gallagher, especially in that he is much more experienced, but needs a boost. His career has stalled and he needs to revive.
Combined with Gallagher, plus the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Odsonne Edouard, Van de Beek would fit well into Palace’s style of play, if his days at Ajax are anything to go by. Although he wouldn’t play as high up the field as he did for the Dutch giants, there would certainly be opportunities for him to break the lines and move forward, as Gallagher’s attacking production highlights.
If all went according to plan, the prospect of Van de Beek joining Palace would be a huge move for all parties, including the Dutchman himself.
United need to do the right thing, allow him to go on loan and give Palace and Viera a chance to rebuild their careers again.
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