Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has revealed that sources at Everton have told him that the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Manchester United on loan has lifted the training levels at the Merseyside club.
The Dutch playmaker has his first season struggles continue into his second campaign at Old Trafford after failing to start a Premier League match before his January departure.
His first league start of the season came on Saturday afternoon when Frank Lampard‘s Everton pipped Leeds United 3-0 in an important fixture towards the bottom end of the table. Van de Beek was considered a standout throughout the game, with 35 completed passes (88% accuracy), 10 recoveries and one key pass.
Under Rafa Benitez, the Toffies were having a greatly underwhelming season and desperately needed change. New manager Lampard was keen for that with the signings of Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek being completed on deadline day after the manager’s appointment was confirmed.
It seems that the loan signing of the out-of-favour United midfielder was a stroke of brilliance by the all-time Chelsea top goal scorer who now holds the helm at Goodison.
“I’ve been speaking to a few people at the club and they’ve said that he’s gone in there and lifted the levels, training-wise,” Ferdinand told Vibe with FIVE in regard to Van de Beek.
“[He’s a] great lad, first and foremost, but you can see. A lot of them are going, ‘Wow, he’s this good, they must be unbelievable at Manchester United if he can’t get in’.”
Van de Beek has surprisingly played 50 times for Manchester United. although he had started just four matches for the club this season. His loan at Everton is until the end of the season and they do not have an option to buy the midfielder.