Donny van de Beek goal for Everton shows what he's good at on final day return

Nobody on Manchester United or Everton’s side would agree Donny van de Beek’s loan to the Toffees has been a success.

Injury decided that, with Van de Beek missing two months of the loan spell after being ruled out in mid-March.

Even before that, it wasn’t looking great, despite a promising debut against Leeds, Van de Beek seemed like an unnecessary luxury for a poor team being dragged deep into a relegation battle.

Everton escaped relegation on Thursday night, and Van de Beek returned to the Toffees squad this past weekend, on the substitutes bench against Arsenal.

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Donny van de Beek goal for Everton

Everton called on Van de Beek in the 36th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure got injured. By that time Arsenal were already 2-0 up, with the Toffees clearly still exhausted from their efforts on Thursday night.

Van de Beek gave them hope, scoring to make it 2-1, adding The Emirates to the London grounds he has scored at, along with Stamford Bridge and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, during his time with Ajax.

The Dutchman’s goal was a classic illustration of what Van de Beek can do if you use him correctly.

He was on the edge of the six yards box unmarked to steer in a low cross after a good move from Everton in the build-up.

This is what Van de Beek is good at. You have to get him involved in the opposition penalty box for him to be effective. Manchester United have not done this enough during his first season and a half at the club.

Van de Beek continued to give plenty of effort for an unmatched Everton side, winning three tackles and committing four fouls as he looked to break up play.

He could not stop the Gunners going onto win 5-1, with Everton collapsing in the second half.

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Donny van de Beek’s goal for Everton came too little too late as far as making a contribution to their season goes, but it is well timed to give him an important confidence boost heading into the summer.

Van de Beek will now head back to Manchester United, where he will link up with former Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, a best case scenario for him. Perhaps he was inspired by the news Erik ten Hag was in the UK, to score his goal.

Ten Hag is a player who knows how to get the best out of him. Former Ajax star Andy van der Meyde last week tipped him to ‘score lots of goals’ for Manchester United under his new boss.

His final day strike was a meaningless consolation in a meaningless game, but for Van de Beek, it will have meant a lot, just his third goal in English football. Hopefully there are plenty more to come.

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