Everton boss Frank Lampard was full of praise for Donny van de Beek for his performance against Leeds. He added that this type of performance was exactly the reason behind his interest in the Dutchman. Van de Beek played in central midfield and was the driving force in their 3-0 win. He failed to get into the starting line-up at Manchester United for the last two seasons.
“I expected that. I knew Donny as a player from the outside and I brought him here because of his talent in terms of his play, his intelligence, and his work ethic,” Frank Lampard said about Donny van de Beek. “He’s a technical player but he matched the other players for work ethic. He gave us a sense of calm and he linked the play. He looked confident on the ball and that’s exactly what I brought him here to do.”
“I think he can do different roles and that’s the beauty [of him] and why I moved so quickly to try and get him when I came in,” he added. “I’m a big admirer of him as a player and I think he can do both roles for us. He played as one of two midfield players today and I know he’s got the talent to link and get us through the lines of the pitch with his passing, and he also has the work ethic needed in that role. I think and I know he can do a higher role, and he’s a goal threat too, so that’s one of the big pulls of me bringing him in, knowing that he can bring different elements of his game to help us in different ways.”