Manchester United fans have been saying the same thing about Donny van de Beek for some time. Despite the Dutchman’s struggles this season, many are predicting a far better second campaign at Old Trafford.
That is all well and good. After all, plenty of players have struggled in their debut year only to excel 12 months on.
But Van de Beek must deliver quickly. If United fans are still saying he ‘will come good’ a few months into 2020/21, it won’t look great for his long-term ambitions.
Euro 2020 offers the 24-year-old the ideal chance to put this season’s disappointment behind him and show the world what he can do.
There is a reason United bought him for £40million (BBC). But the fans are yet to see that.
It is telling that arguably his best game in a United shirt was on the final day of the campaign. Bruno Fernandes was not even on the bench and the pressure was off.
Both are reasons why Van de Beek impressed that day against Wolves. Too often, when things have not gone well, he has been replaced by the very man he was bought to deputise. While has has sometimes looked tentative after one misplaced pass or unseen run.
Now he is back where he can blossom. The Netherlands appreciate Van de Beek and, while he may begin on the bench, he could grow into a starter as the competition goes on.
Time to fight
Whatever this summer has in store for the United midfielder, he must start next season well.
He needs to prove United fans right when they say – sometimes with crossed fingers and sometimes in sheer belief – that he is good enough for this club.
Van de Beek has the power to put things right. Everyone at United will want him to.
Then we can switch the narrative: Remember the year Donny came good.