Donny ‘amazed’ by Evertonians’ passion

Midfielder looking to improve after class debut.

Donny van de Beek insists he has plenty of room for improvement after a brilliant debut performance in Everton’s comprehensive Premier League win over Leeds United on Saturday.

Dutchman Van de Beek, acquired on loan by Manchester United on transfer deadline day last month, lit up Goodison Park with an effective display of fast, progressive passing.

The 24-year-old was also combative and keen in the tackle. Van de Beek’s energy and stamina belied him starting a Premier League game for the first time this season; his nine previous appearances – including for Everton at Newcastle United last week – all came off the bench.

Van de Beek has nearly doubled his top-flight playing time in one fell swoop since signing for Everton a fortnight ago, spending 120 minutes on the pitch for Frank Lampard’s side, compared to the 70 minutes he has played for parent club United.

The former Ajax player partnered Allan in a commanding Everton engine room as the hosts took advantage of a tidal wave of support inside Goodison to turn into Leeds in the shape of a steamroller.

“It was an amazing day and a great start for me,” Van de Beek told evertontv.

“We played very well from the first minute to the end – and we really needed it.

“But it wasn’t just us, the fans really made a difference.

“The atmosphere was so amazing and I enjoyed that.

“I’m really happy to play 90 minutes, but in the last 20 minutes I felt it had been a long time since I played a full game and I was a bit tired.

“But now I can take steps.

“I think I can help the team, but there is still room for improvement.

“I was sharp, took a lot of balls and made good decisions on the ball – but I’m always critical and can always do better.

“I’m happy to play my first game – but it’s not about me, it’s about winning games for the club and the team and I’m here to help.”

Van de Beek delivered the low center who was eventually converted by Seamus Coleman to underline Everton’s early superiority over Leeds and inaugurate, arguably, the Blues’ most complete display this term.

The 19-cap international played together and was his team’s most prolific and accurate passer.

Donny van de Beek

I was sharp, took a lot of balls and made good decisions on the ball – but I’m always critical and I can always do better.

In addition to providing 40 passes with an 87.5% completion rate, he had a team-high four tackles and won three aerial duels.

Van de Beek’s efficiency in possession gave Everton “a sense of calm”, according to manager Lampard, who highlighted the player’s “intelligence, work ethic and technical ability”, adding: “He tied the game together and gave us a sense of confidence.” on the ball”.

Lampard also acknowledged the ‘beauty’ of Van de Beek’s versatility, and it’s a quality the midfielder is proud of.

“I think I can play in different positions and I like playing in the Premier League as a number eight, box-to-box,” Van de Beek said.

“The coach wants me to bring quality with the ball, to connect with the midfield. He expects a lot from me and I expect a lot from myself.

“I’m really happy with the first two weeks.

“We knew we had to play better than against Newcastle – and from training and the people at the club and what I saw against Leeds and the fans, I’m really happy to be here.

“I think we have to put passion into our game, everyone knows we’re not where we need to be and it’s just one game.

“It’s a long way to go until the end. We have an important game at Southampton on Saturday and we have to win it.

“These three points give us confidence and from there we can build and improve.”

Van de Beek came out of a strong field to claim man of the match honors this weekend.

Among his closest challengers for the award was Anthony Gordon, who is becoming a cornerstone of Everton’s attack.

Goodison certainly enjoyed Gordon’s latest effort – and Van de Beek joined in the thunderous ovation when the 20-year-old was taken off in the final quarter.

“He’s a good player, a young player but from what I’ve seen in the first few weeks he has a lot of quality and he showed it against Leeds,” added Van de Beek.

“But everyone, not just one or two players, was good and important – and it should be that way.

“It was a good effort on our part and the atmosphere was so impressive and made a big difference.

“Now we have to improve every week to move up the rankings.”