Everton made five new signings in the winter transfer window, with Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli joining the team on deadline day alongside new manager Frank Lampard, however neither signing has worked out as they planned it.
Alli has been anonymous to Everton playing just 169 minutes since joining over 3 months ago, while van de Beek has been given a little more chance to prove himself to the team by playing 430 minutes in six appearances.
However, with that evidence, it is not a surprise that talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan said after they signed that they were the “little ones” at Manchester United and Tottenham.
The £34m van de Beek is on loan from Man United following a troubled time at Old Trafford with just four Premier League starts for his parent club, and was given a lifeline at Goodison Park to prove his worth, but not managed to make a significant impact.
Van de Beek has not scored or assisted in the Toffees’ playing time so far from his midfield position, with his most impressive performance coming on his full debut in a 3-0 win over Leeds United. .
According to SofaScore, the 25-year-old made four tackles, an interception, a key pass and won three of his four aerial duels in the 90 minutes he played, leading Lampard to describe his signing as “great”. Unfortunately, he has since been unable to emulate this performance.
One of Everton’s most notable performances since the Toffees boss joined the club was the 5-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur last month, where van de Beek put in a shocking performance losing most of his duels and failing. in 100% of its centers. which led to Lampard benching the midfielder in the 59th minute.
Should Everton sign Donny permanently?
Since then, Man Utd’s loan, which was labeled “not so good” by Marco van Basten and “anonymousFrom writer Peter Guy, he has missed the last four games following a thigh injury, and with the team securing a win this weekend following Fabian Delph’s return to the squad, it would be interesting if he even returns to the squad against Leicester City. a week on Wednesday.
Everton have a number of midfielders in the squad with Abdoulaye Doucoure, Allan, Delph and Andre Gomes to name a few so with reports mounting that the club want to sign the Dutch maestro on a permanent basis it seems like a pointless undertaking and a lost of money. when you take into account its lackluster impact.
With the Dutchman’s former manager Erik ten Hag expected to become United’s next manager, he would be more likely to part ways with the Merseyside club and risk returning to the team at Old Trafford.
Lampard should certainly see it as a blessing in disguise as Everton need to tighten their belts financially.
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