Tyrell Malacia is the 'total package' says Feyenoord legend
Tyrell Malacia is set to sign for Manchester United after the Red Devils trumped Lyon’s offer for the left-back, report The Athletic.
The defender would cost £15 million, a bargain for a player who is a Netherlands international, and one who new manager Erik ten Hag can help develop.
After making his Feyenoord debut in 2017 at just 18, Malacia has gone onto make 136 appearances for the club.
Now a new challenge awaits, and comments from a former Feyenoord left-back, Ruud Heus, shows how highly the defender is regarded.
Tyrell Malacia is the ‘total package’
Ruud Heus made 187 appearances for Feyenoord in the 1980s and 90s, winning three KNVB cups and one Eredivisie title.
He told Dutch Soccer Site he was particularly impressed with the way Malacia played against Ajax star and Manchester United target Antony, last season.
Heus explained: “The Malacia you see against Antony is the total package. Antony is fast, so is Malacia. Antony is agile, so is Malacia. This is a Brazilian winger, playing in their national team, who has trouble with this Feyenoord left back.
“That means Malacia is a force to be reckoned with. He has everything: speed, dynamic, agile and has a very decent technique.”
Heus went on to add: “He is totally top of the league on any level. His technique, that is handy to have, man. He plays along, he is available, he sees the pass, he moves on. With him, you can play on and keep moving forward. And than with his speed, he can compensate any mistakes.”
Pace is important for any player in any position, and combine that with a strong attitude and technical skill, and the pieces are there for a good footballer to develop.
Erik ten Hag’s coaching can play a big part too, and his knowledge of Malacia from the Eredivisie will help. The player has the traits required to succeed, although as we know, Manchester United is an incredibly tough nut to crack.