By Joe Ellis

13th May, 2022 | 8:40am

Everton ace Donny van de Beek could get second chance at Manchester United - Jaap Stam

Donny van de Beek has not come into the Everton setup and shone like Frank Lampard will have hoped for when he signed him in January.

The 25-year-old Dutch international arrived on a short-term loan from Manchester United after he continually failed to break into the side at Old Trafford and it’s been the same story at Goodison Park too.

van de Beek hasn’t featured for The Toffees since 13 March against Wolves with a combination of poor performances, injuries and the birth of his child keeping him on the sidelines.

He could though head back to United and feature with his former boss Erik Ten Hag taking charge next season and Jaap Stam has hinted that he might be in the current Ajax man’s plans.

“It’s always a combination of players. It’s not like one player,” Stam said to Manchester United’s official club website.

“You can’t say ‘I’m going to bring one player in and the whole team is going to produce better or he’s going to show himself because there’s a different manager’.”

“I think Donny is a good player, we’ve seen him in Holland and when he was at United he didn’t always get the opportunity to play.

“I don’t know why, because of certain reasons, it’s difficult to say from the outside that this is it, but from what I understand, and what I know, for a player to produce and do well, he needs to have other players around him who can produce and bring him to a certain level, because then it’s easier to step up for yourself as well.

“I think that’s a very important one and then you need to find that combination of players together, to eventually have success. That’s a very important one for the club.”

Get gone

You will struggle to find an Everton supporter anywhere in the world who is devastated at the prospect of van de Beek not returning to Merseyside next season.

He came to the club with so much promise and hype that he would become the dominant midfield maestro he was before his £40million move to Old Trafford but he’s been anything but that.

He’s been so poor for the Toffees that he’s been replaced in the midfield by a combination of Fabian Delph and Alex Iwobi which would have been unthinkable a few months ago.

The Dutchman has done nothing to help our ongoing battle against relegation from the Premier League and Lampard has been completely justified in axing him from the team with the recent upturn in results.

Let’s hope Ten Hag does take him back to United and play him because we know how unbelievably average he is and that can only be a good thing when we come to play the Red Devils.

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