Journalist Pete O’Rourke was impressed with Donny van de Beek’s ‘work rate’ after his temporary transfer from Manchester United to Everton.
The 24-year-old joined the Toffees on a six-month loan in the January transfer window after struggling for opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick at Old Trafford.
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Van de Beek impressed throughout his first start for Everton in their much-needed 3-0 win over relegation rivals Leeds United last time out.
Although the 19-cap international failed to score or provide an assist, his all-around play was crucial to the success of the Goodison Park side, and he was named man of the match Therefore.
According to WhoScored, the midfielder tops the passing chart with a total of 40, but he also had the highest passing accuracy (87.5%) among his teammates who picked a colleague over two times.
However, Van de Beek was also unafraid to play on the defensive side of the game, producing four tackles in the 90 minutes, the highest tally alongside Anthony Gordon.
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The creative talent’s quick start to life on Merseyside has already drawn praise from new manager Frank Lampard, who has praised his “sharpness” since joining from United.
“Professional, since I spoke to him and he came and saw him train, I have been absolutely impressed with his physical form and his accuracy of play,” Lampard said during a recent press conference.
What did O’Rourke say about Van de Beek?
And it looks like the Everton boss wasn’t the only onlooker Van de Beek drew attention to over the weekend, with O’Rourke raving about the tough yards he achieved as well as his technical capabilities.
He told GiveMeSport: “For me, his work rate was good too, which maybe we didn’t expect or didn’t see enough at Manchester United.
“He was good on the ball, as you would expect, because he’s a very technical player, and he bonded well with his new team-mates.”
Could Everton sign Van de Beek permanently?
The loan deal to take Van de Beek to Everton did not include an option to buy and the United manager’s current situation means his future is somewhat uncertain.
He has only secured four Premier League starts in 18 months with the Red Devils, but a new boss is set to take over from caretaker manager Rangnick this summer.
Therefore, Van de Beek might have another opportunity to prove his worth at the Theater of Dreams next season.
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