As part of the reconstruction of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane requires more help centrally; his solution seems to be in capturing Ajax sensation Donny Van de Beek.
This is not new news to be sure; Van de Beek has been on the international radar since his Ajax ran through the Champions League last season. He’s been on Real Madrid’s for as long and as consistently, to be sure. I myself believe that the team could’ve played Liverpool much better than Tottenham Hotspur did in the Final, but it was not to be.
While Frenkie de Jong and Mathias de Ligt left for Spain and Italy respectively, Donny Van de Beek stayed put, alongside other names like Hakim Ziyech; many believed these key pieces would bolt the Dutch powerhouse after the remarkable run of form last year, but they’re loyalty remained.
A hot summer topic was about Madrid attempting to get both Donny Van de Beek AND Bruno Fernandes; while the latter ended up in Manchester, at United, the former remains in Amsterdam.
Real Madrid cannot wait much longer to make this move, or there will be no move left to be made; but what is the effect of such a transfer? It used to be massive on multiple fronts.
Donny Van de Beek: A Crucial piece of the new Zinedine Zidane Plan
Real Madrid needs a formidable motor in the midfield, offensively and defensively. They have pieces offensively, Isco, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Eden Hazard among them; the question remains whether there is a conductor on the pitch for this footballing symphony.
Donny Van de Beek could certainly serve as that conduit while he is on the field for Zinedine Zidane; his vision, creativity, technicality and own offensive prowess as a goal scorer could be a much-needed key in which to open up a more consistent scoring threat at Real Madrid.
The team has been defensive this year, winning by whatever means necessary; this tactic has drawn some criticism despite the success it has garnered at times. It is not the prettiest of Madrid outfits and the boss knows it as well as the media and fans, but the storm must be weathered until reinforcements can come in the Summer.
Donny Van de Beek should be amongst the first signings, especially if Madrid has the best chance to sign a name like Lautaro Martinez. While he remains at Inter Milan, names like Barcelona and Manchester City have shown interest as great as Madrid and may offer greater incentives currently than does Madrid.
In getting Van de Beek, one gets the promise of more productive offensive football, more fluid and enticing for both players and supporters. If this is not a great way to entice young talent, then why does it work so well for Barcelona? Players want to come and play with great players on great teams and so building that is key to building it further.
Sealing the deal: Real Madrid and Donny Van de Beek
It is understood that the move itself would be favourable for Madrid to get done, and yet it continues to stall; why is this? It could be a reticence to leave his home nation, and the. Netherland’s most beloved football institution.
It could be on Madrid’s end; are their internal issues? Do they stand reticent to pay out the funds for a player who has yet to play in a domestic league as competitive as the major five of Europe? If this is the case, it is foolish; the league has little to do with the nature of a genius footballer as Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be first to say.
Could it be from Ajax itself? Likely not, as the club has become used to pumping out high-level talent, to be sold to the highest bidder; this has only increased in recent years.
Ultimately, I think it’s a combination of the first three; Van de Beek genuinely likes Ajax and Madrid remain posturing. Both sides want to be together but neither will budge unless the others conditions are met; for the sake of the two, reconciling this should be done quickly.
Donny Van de Beek suits Real Madrid as a player, but also his manager from the stylistic perspective. Zidane wants technically able football and for that, technically able players are required; he has found those players across the pitch but needs more ability in the middle to make this happen. It is in this role that Van de Beek would suit the club the best and the greatest reason he needs to be purchased with the utmost haste; the sooner the engine gets back into the vehicle, the faster the journey can be continued in earnest.