Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech has previously warned that former teammate Donny Van de Beek has the ‘quality’ to explode into life at any moment ahead of Chelsea vs Manchester United in the Premier League this season.
Both players have had their struggles since moving to England from Holland with the United midfielder suffering more under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure.
Thankfully, from his perspective, the Norwegian was sacked and the versatile box to box midfielder now has a chance to finally make a statement for the Red Devils with Ralf Rangnick likely to utilise his qualities that were ever-present during his days in Amsterdam.
However, for this game, Michael Carrick has the big decision to make regarding the 24-year-old’s involvement in the Stamford Bridge clash with the double pivot role or the number 10 position the two options if Van de Beek was to be used in this contest.
“Donny’s one of those players [that] because he’s so flexible, he can play in different positions,” Carrick said via the Manchester Evening News in his pre-match Chelsea press conference. “He did the same for Ajax before he came here, he’s done that for Holland as well, variety can be a real strength.
“We’ve got ideas where we think Donny’s most suited but he’s so flexible and adaptable, with two or three positions, he even played as a false nine for Ajax in the Champions League when they ended up getting beaten by Tottenham.
“We’ve got ideas for him but being flexible is a strength and a credit to what he can bring to the team.”
Could we see the £35million man being deployed in the false nine position considering Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford usually play up top?
Usually, in the big games, Solskjaer’s coaching team were prone to always opt for the Scott McTominay and Fred axis in the centre of midfield and this isn’t likely to change in this game as the Geordie caretaker showed with his team selection midweek in the 2-0 Villarreal away win for the Red Devils.
In this contest, Man United’s number 34 played at the expense of the underperforming Bruno Fernandes, so could we see the same thing happen in this scenario ahead of the big Super Sunday clash?
Regardless of what Carrick decides, Chelsea’s number 22 knows all about the dangers associated to the man that was once wanted by Real Madrid.
Speaking in October 2020 about his friend’s struggle up north in Manchester, Ziyech himself was in no doubt that Van de Beek’s ‘quality’ would shine through in due course.
“We spoke in the beginning when he moved to Manchester,” said the 28 year via the Metro.
“And last week we didn’t speak a lot, we didn’t speak about his situation.
“I think he will need time as well.
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“He comes from a different country, a different style of play.
“I know for sure it will take some time for him as well to get used to everything and then I know for sure he will bring quality to the squad over there.
“For him the most important thing right now is to stay calm.”
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Ziyech’s comments on Donny should be enough for Tuchel not to underestimate his qualities if he was to start, otherwise he could be the thorn in the European Champions’ armoury come full-time on Sunday.
Source by Football London