Donny van de Beek’s struggles at Manchester United this season have certainly been well-broadcast.
The Dutchman, who was signed from Ajax last summer, has only gone on to make 12 starts in all competitions for the Red Devils since his arrival, scoring just a solitary goal and providing just one assist.
That is certainly not the output that Ed Woodward or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would have been expecting or anticipating from a player who has on occasion been talked up as “perfect” by former Red Devils midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
That poor form has on occasion seen his signing called into question. However, a real indicator is the sheer amount of funds that United appear to have wasted on Van de Beek.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old’s rating has dropped even below that throughout his Old Trafford career with Van de Beek now rated as low as £31.5m – a huge fall of £18m since his peak.
Considering that the substantial dip has occurred in just a year-and-a-half, it really indicates how little of an impact the Dutchman has had since his arrival at Old Trafford.
Whilst it is somewhat too early to label Van de Beek as an outright failure at Manchester United, the dramatic fall in his transfer rating coupled with his peripheral involvement at the club should certainly be a worry for the Red Devils and specifically Ed Woodward.
It remains to be seen whether he will be afforded more opportunities between now and the end of the season, but the 19-cap Dutch international will surely be keen to recover his reputation sooner rather than later.