Tyrell Malacia has been tipped for the top by Giovanni van Bronckhorst
Manchester United are expected to wrap up a move for Tyrell Malacia shortly after agreeing a move with Feyenoord for the defender.
L’Equipe report Malacia has decided to join the Red Devils, snubbing an approach from Lyon.
The move is a new step in Malacia’s career after coming through the Feyenoord academy.
One Feyenoord academy left-back who went onto have huge success was Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a Champions League winner with Barcelona in 2006 and a World Cup finalist with Netherlands in 2010.
Malacia has been tipped for the top
Van Bronckhorst rates Malacia highly, and was his manager before leaving Feyenoord for Rangers, and even handed him his debut in 2017.
Speaking to Voetbal International earlier this year after watching him in action for the Netherlands against Germany, he spoke highly of the defender’s progress.
The current Rangers boss said: “If you can play against Germany like this, you can of course reach a higher level.
“I like it, because I recognize a lot in Tyrell. He follows the route I have also taken: academy, Feyenoord, and then the step abroad is the next.
“He has been with Feyenoord for a long time now, at a certain point you feel that the time is right. Then you will play at a higher level with better fellow players and pick yourself up at that level.
“He already did it for the Dutch national team. So if you ask me if Tyrell is ready for a step up, I say: 100 per cent.”
In further comments mate to Dutch Soccer Site, Van Bronckhorst, added: “Every winger will have a headache the night before playing against Malacia. He is quick, agile and a great work ethic.
“At times he can be overexuberant. I had video images of him versus VVV Venlo at one stage: he was playing right winger! He laughed when I confronted him, like “sorry trainer, I will do my best more”… It’s his drive, his passion.”
Malacia feels the same way too. He was asked while on international duty earlier this month about making a move, and responded, via fr12.nl: “I am certainly ready for the next step.”
No player is ever guaranteed success when they move, but they have to be confident in their own ability and ambitious enough to give it their all.
Malacia is backing himself, whereas Jurrien Timber has been scared off amid fears over his World Cup place. Malacia won’t be held back, and Manchester United fans will get behind him.