The focus at Old Trafford in the confrontation between Man United and Crystal Palace will certainly focus on rookie Donny van de Beek. Will he do anything?
Man United’s overly modest summer has probably been a bit of a disappointment. However, the appearance of rookie Donny van de Beek more or less creates a little curiosity in the opening Premier League match of the new Reds season
The name Donny van de Beek is no stranger to fans (NHM). However, perhaps not many people really know where Van de Beek plays, what his forte is and what it will bring to the Red Devils.
What is Van de Beek really good at?
Donny van de Beek is a versatile midfielder, one of Ajax’s pillars this season, unexpectedly reaching the Champions League final (2018/19). That season, Donny van de Beek played in the attacking midfield position in the 4-2-3-1 chart. But with only 3 goals and 2 assists to make up a goal, this young man born in 1997 is practically not as good as his teammates like Frenkie De Jong, Matthijs De Ligt, David Neres or even Joel Vetman.
We must be fair to say that Donny van de Beek doesn’t really excel at one skill. At the Dutch national championship last season, he had 5 assists to create a goal, ranking 14th on the list of most assists. With 8 goals, Van de Beek is also only 17th on the bombing rankings.
Does Donny van de Beek excel in creating chances for teammates to score goals (key passes) or not? My condolences to Man United fans is not always. Last season, he generated a total of 41 key passes and ranked only 20th in the tournament.
Van de Beek’s position in the Ajax team was not “nailed” in the role of an attacking midfielder. Because sometimes he is still dragged down to the central midfield. In this position, Van de Beek has an average of 2 successful tackles/ game, the 4th most in the Ajax team, but nothing too excellent.
Van de Beek himself, when asked how often to play in any position, hesitated and said: “I can play many positions in midfield. Sometimes I played in 6th place, sometimes 8th again, sometimes 10th again. Actually, it doesn’t matter how much I have to fix. I am a versatile midfielder “.
This guy added, his favorite position is the attacking midfielder. But letting Van De Beek take on this role is like canceling out Bruno Fernandes’ enormous influence. Believe that coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not foolish to create such a negative position competition.
The prediction that is receiving the most approval from former player Dimitar Berbatov is that Van de Beek will kick the central midfielder a bit deeper than the role of the attacking midfielder. Specifically, the position that Nemanja Matic used to hold. Van de Beek can be called a traditional box-to-box midfielder model.
The Potential of Van de Beek
Although there are relatively few indicators to prove that Van de Beek can be a Manchester United blockbuster right from the very first moment on the field, but this guy’s potential is completely to be expected. .
Once Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp once said that watching Van de Beek play reminds him of himself as a young man. Van De Beek is described as a flamboyant, soft and very thoughtful central midfielder in each handling phase.
His thoughtfulness can be temporarily visualized through statistics: last season, the midfielder launched 44 shots, only 40 times he went into the opponent’s penalty area to decide to go. This is in contrast to Bruno Fernandes, the midfielder who tends to like to launch shots from afar.
In addition, the density of Van De Beek’s shots is also relatively regular, when Van de Beek, on average, has a shot in the opponent’s penalty area every 47.9 minutes, even higher both Mason Greenwood and equal to Marcus Rashford.
With this skill from Van de Beek, Man United basically got an extra hidden assassin for the way to the ball. Now even the Red Devils central midfielder has the skill and finishing density that is not inferior to the players on the front line. That’s the potential so many United fans have been waiting for at Van de Beek. This will definitely be a rookie worth waiting for not only for Man United fans, but also for the Premier League.