Noel Whelan has tipped Donny van de Beek to succeed at Everton during his loan move and praised Manchester United for allowing him to leave.
It has been a difficult 18-month period for Donny van de Beek at Manchester United after his high profile transfer from Ajax back in the summer of 2020. After he starred for the Dutch side during their recent successful years, the Red Devils pipped some of the biggest sides for the midfielder’s signature.
While he was expected to do great things at the club and be the difference-maker, the Manchester United midfielder had several problems as he failed to cement a regular place in the team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In the previous summer, Solskjaer blocked a move to Everton, which may have indicated van de Beek getting a more prominent role this season. However, the midfielder has played just 63 minutes of Premier League action this term, which prompted the player to consider his options.
He could have stayed along and tried to force his way into Ralf Rangnick’s plans for this term, with the German manager also revealing his desire to keep him at the club. But van de Beek made a loan switch to Everton on the January transfer deadline day, as he wished to play regularly, with this being the World Cup year.
The midfielder revealed how a conversation with Frank Lampard convinced him to move to Goodison Park over other suitors. However, there have been question marks from many sections whether van de Beek would succeed at Everton or if he will continue to struggle even in new surroundings.
Noel Whelan has lent his support to the midfielder and suggested he will certainly succeed at Everton. He told Football Insider how the decision was correct and praised Manchester United for allowing him to leave while labelling them wise for the business.
Whelan said, “Man United fans will be really disappointed to see him leave the club. However, it’s a really shrewd move from the club to allow him to leave but manage to resist sending him out on a loan-to-buy deal. I think he’s got a real future at Man United and could explode under whoever comes in to replace Rangnick.
“The time was right to get him out. Everton can give him those regular first-team minutes in the Premier League. I’m excited to see what he can do.”
Van de Beek’s loan deal does not have a permanent buy option and he will be returning to Old Trafford at the end of the season. The Dutchman will be hoping to make the most of his time at Everton and rekindle his stagnating career.