Jaap Stam hopes Everton use Donny van de Beek's qualities 'properly'

Former Manchester United centre-back Jaap Stam hopes Donny van de Beek’s qualities are “used properly” at Everton.

United’s number 34 has joined Frank Lampard’s Toffees on loan for the remainder of the season, following a torrid 18-month period at Old Trafford since arriving at the club for £35m (BBC Sport), in September 2020.

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The out-of-favour Dutch international will be wearing the number 30 shirt during his time at Goodison Park.

The 24-year-old wore that number during his time with former side Ajax, and the Dutch giants have sent a message of support to their former star.

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But Stam, who won the treble with United in 1999 and saw van de Beek develop during his time as the manager of Jong Ajax, wants his compatriot to be given the chance to get his career back on track under Lampard.

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Speaking to De Telegraaf, Stam said: “Donny has qualities that fit in perfectly with Ajax and the Eredivisie, but he could not adapt to United’s style of play.

“I hope he will be able to get minutes under his belt at Everton and that his qualities will be used properly.

“Donny works hard, runs a lot and is also good on the ball. You can vary with him. It can help in the build-up from the back and has the content to play from box-to-box. Only he was not given such a role [at United].

“The coach had to dare to make the choice to draft him as one of the two defensive midfielders so that he could help in the build-up and play higher. For example, next to Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes before that.”

Stam still believes van de Beek has the “qualities to succeed at Manchester United in the long-term”, but that will depend on who our next permanent manager is.

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Another former Red, Edwin van der Sar, has also reacted reacted to van de Beek’s Everton move.

The Ajax CEO put out a newspaper advert after the player’s big-money move, urging the Old Trafford faithful to look after him, and telling the midfielder to ‘dream’.

Our former goalkeeper has wished van de Beek ‘better luck’ following his short-term switch to the blue half of Merseyside.

Van de Beek hasn’t started a Premier League game so far this season, playing just 68 minutes in the top-flight under a combination of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Michael Carrick and Ralf Rangnick.

He has made just four Premier League starts since joining the club and two of those came at the end of last season when Solskjaer was rotating his squad ahead of the Europa League final.

Let’s hope the fresh start results in van de Beek rekindling the inspiring form that helped Ajax reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019, and resulted in him becoming one of the most coveted midfielders in Europe.

The Dutchman is cup tied for Everton’s FA Cup clash against Brentford and will have to wait until a week today before making his debut, when Lampard’s side travel to Newcastle.

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