Donny van de Beek has cost Manchester United £1.25 million for every start he has made during his stint at the club.
Van de Beek joined Ajax for £35 million in September 2020 and has made only 28 appearances since. His career flourished in Amsterdam, but it has dramatically declined in Manchester, and his absence from every matchday team this season hasn’t been a story.
The player is a peripheral component of the squad, and interest in signing him on loan from FC Lorient and Galatasaray during the summer transfer window underlined how low his status has gone.
Last season, Lorient finished midtable in Ligue 1, while Turkey’s Süper Lig is not known for its quality. Van van Beek was once one of Europe’s most sought-after actors, but he now finds himself associated with obscure locations.
In reality, any move away before the transfer deadline would have been beneficial to Van de Beek. Erik ten Hag has made it perfectly obvious that the player is not in his plans, and he is plainly below the level necessary to start for United on a regular basis.
In November, Ten Hag was asked about Van de Beek and stated, “I’ve seen him better in the past.” But I think he’s doing a good job with his positioning. But he needs to take that next step. A loan does not make sense to me.
“In this atmosphere and environment, it’s either he fights and proves himself, or he goes.” But there is still hope for him, in my opinion. It’s not going to be simple because the competition is fierce.”
Van van Beek has tried to fight for his position, but it hasn’t worked out. During his three-year tenure, the player has been managed by four different coaches, all of whom have come to the same conclusion.
Van van Beek is clearly a talented player, but he appears to have been assigned to the wrong club and league. He has been unable to replicate his Eredivisie performances, and he has long outstayed his welcome.
To be fair to the 26-year-old, he volunteered to speak to journalists following a pre-season friendly against Lyon at Murrayfield in July, and he openly stated that he may depart in quest of regular game time, which he felt was the best choice for him.
“For the time being, it’s difficult to predict my future. “I’ve returned from injury and am now fit, so I play my first minutes after training for a few weeks, and I try to push as hard as I can,” Van de Beek stated.
“Every day [something] can happen, so it’s difficult to predict my future.” You never know with football, especially with me, so let’s see what happens.”
When asked if the door at Old Trafford was still open for him, Van de Beek replied, “Yeah, but it’s also possible that I move, so everything is open.” It’s difficult to predict my future at this point.
“I’m trying to get as fit as possible and keep going.”
Although Van de Beek desired a fresh start this summer, the transfer window has closed and he remains at the club. The transfer window for the Saudi Pro League is still open, but that tier would undoubtedly be beneath him.
Van van Beek needs to get his career back on track by joining a reputable European team, yet the lack of interest he received this summer implies that he may have to settle for a lower salary than he would desire.
The Dutchman has yet to be named to a first-team squad this season, which is a tragedy given how far his career has fallen. He’ll now have to wait until January for a chance to relocate, and for the sake of his future, he should seek a permanent exit.
Van van Beek’s greatest years are still ahead of him, and he’ll be hoping to revitalize his career after recovering from injury. The style of European football is regarded to suit him more, and he can leave his stint in England behind him.
United fans, naturally, gave up faith in Van de Beek long ago.
The athlete can only hope to go in January.