Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is keen on a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to a Dutch journalist on talkSPORT.
Marcel van der Kraan, of De Telegraaf, believes that the Netherlands international, who has won five caps for his country, is keen on a move to England, with a move to either Spurs or Manchester United mooted in this transfer window.
Van de Beek has enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2018/19, scoring 17 goals and laying on 13 assists throughout a season in which the club reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, beating Real Madrid and Juventus in the process, and won the Eredivisie.
But would he fit in under manager Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs as the club look to build on their run to the final of Europe’s premier club competition, where they lost to Liverpool, and their top-four finish in the Premier League?
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“I think van de Beek would be an excellent replacement for Christian Eriksen, assuming the Dane leaves, and may actually bring a better balance to the side than Eriksen. While the current Spurs man is an excellent playmaker, shoehorning he, Alli, Kane, Lucas and Son into the side sacrifices defensive solidity. Van de Beek will hold more defensive responsibility but still get forward and pitch in with goals and assists. He is the perfect midfield partner for Winks & Sissoko.”
“Absolutely. If Spurs were able to sign Van De Beek then it would be a superb addition. The Dutchman could become one of the most highly touted additions this summer and if the north London club are able to bring him in it would add an extra layer to the Spurs midfield. At the moment they don’t have too many central midfielders capable of bringing the ball forward and actually finding themselves involved in goals. Signing Van de Beek, however, would put this to bed.”
“Van de Beek is a special, unique player who every top team needs in their side. He is a gel player, someone who can link everything together in vital areas, which would do Tottenham nicely given their attacking players such as Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli, who can look lost together at times. This would put the icing on Pochettino’s cake.”