What Fans Are Saying About Van de Beek’s Performance In His First Everton Start

Everton's Donny van de Beek reacts.

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Donny van de Beek completed 90 minutes for only the fourth time in the Premier League, and his performance in the heart of the midfield left fans wondering why he didn’t manage to do so more often during his one and a half year spell at Manchester United.

Given his first start in Everton colours by Frank Lampard, Van de Beek had some half of football against Leeds United.

In the opening 45 minutes, he had the most touches and accurate passes. Further, the Dutchman was equally sound defensively, with no player managing more ball recoveries and tackles than him.

His wonderful pass across the face of the goal led to Everton’s opener before Lampard’s men added two more to register a comfortable 3-0 win at Goodison Park.

 

Partnered alongside Allan in a double pivot, the 24-year-old midfielder was unfazed by Leeds’ ‘intensity’ – the lack of which was mentioned in several reports as one of the main reasons behind his failure to establish himself under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick at United.

Considering the last two goals the Red Devils have conceded in the league have come due to their midfield leaving a lot of space during defensive transitions, the decision to offload Van de Beek mid-season without bringing in a replacement is questionable.