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Tottenham Opinion: Why Donny van de Beek would be a top signing for Spurs?

Dutch football pundit Marcel van der Kraan has told talkSPORT that Ajax star Donny van de Beek is keen on a move to Tottenham or Manchester United this summer.

The Dutch midfielder, 22, has had an impressive season in the Eredivisie, scoring 16 goals and 12 assists last season. He also helped Ajax make it to the semi-finals of the Champions League where they were knocked out by Tottenham.

Spurs are already said to be interested in Donny van de Beek and Van der Kraan’s recent claims on the midfielder wanting a move should be encouraging for Mauricio Pochettino and company. The North London club enjoy an extremely good relationship with Ajax, having signed Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Davison Sanchez from them.

Thus, they must make the most of their relationship with the Dutch club and bring in Donny van de Beek this summer.

Pochettino is expected to be backed heavily in the summer transfer window, with Tottenham not having signed a player since Lucas Moura in January 2018. One area he must prioritise strengthening is the midfield department, with the likes of Moussa Sissoko and Harry Winks needing competition and cover.

Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama cannot be relied upon due to their injury problems and with Dele Alli enduring a poor last season, Spurs would do well by signing a central midfielder. In that case, Van de Beek would be ideal for Tottenham.

The 22-year-old is a classy creative playmaker, who is also comfortable playing in the middle of the park. He is a disciplined player, but the Dutchman is so dangerous when he makes late runs into the box.

The technically-gifted player possesses a wonderful array of passing, and he would offer Spurs something entirely different in the middle of the park.

He is known for his quality on the ball, incisive passing, vision and eye for goal. Van de Beek likes to keep the ball at his feet, works those pockets of space in the final third and creates problems for the opposition defences with his clever off the ball movement.

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On the whole, the addition of someone of the Netherlands international’s talents would undoubtedly bolster Pochettino’s midfield options.

Verdict

Van de Beek has proven this season that he is more than capable of mixing it with the very best in world football.

If Spurs are to sign anyone this summer, the Ajax star would be the chief candidate to boost their hopes of challenging for the Premier League title and other trophies next season.

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