Wolves are among a host of clubs interested in signing Manchester United misfit Donny van de Beek this summer.
Donny van de Beek, 26, has been out-of-favour since arriving at Old Trafford from Ajax in 2020, failing to make himself a regular in the first team. In January 2022, the Dutchman joined Everton on loan but his opportunities were limited due to injury. He struggled with form and fitness last season as well, managing just 10 appearances—six of which came from the bench.
The midfielder has only made 60 appearances in three seasons at Manchester United, and after the arrival of Mason Mount from Chelsea earlier this month, Erik ten Hag and the decision-makers at Old Trafford have given him the green signal to leave the club this year. As a result, Van de Beek’s camp are exploring a new challenge ahead of the 2023/24 season.
Despite Van de Beek’s struggles at Man United, he has no shortage of suitors. Julen Lopetegui’s Wolves are reportedly monitoring his situation but could face competition from Premier League rivals such as Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace.
Wolves could take a gamble on Donny van de Beek
Donny Van de Beek’s career has stalled in the last couple of years at United and a change of scenery is exactly what he needs to get back his lost mojo. A move to Wolves may help his cause, with manager Julen Lopetegui looking for reinforcements in the middle of the park after the sale of Ruben Neves.
Primarily a No.10, Van de Beek can also operate as a box-to-box midfielder and dictate games from a deeper role. While he will not be a like-for-like Neves replacement, the Netherlands international could provide more guile and creativity from central areas of the pitch.
Wolves signed Matheus Cunha on loan from Atletico Madrid in January with an obligation to buy at the end of the season. Cunha is a decent forward but what he lacks is a bit of presence inside the box. The Brazilian likes to come into deep positions to receive the ball and link up play, thus, at times leaving a gaping hole in the No.9 role. That’s what Lopetegui’s side could do with another box presence, and Van de Beek, in that regard, will be an ideal target.
Van de Beek is excellent at timing his late runs in the box and finishing off chances—a profile of player Wolves desperately need following their lack of goals last season. He could bring an element of unpredictability to Wolves’ play whilst adding much-needed vital squad depth.
Having failed to succeed at United, the signing of the 26-year-old would undoubtedly be risky for Wolves. But in Lopetegui, the Midlands-based club have an astute tactician who could get the best out of Van de Beek as well as revive his stuttering career.
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