Donny van de Beek
Date of birth: 18/04/1997 (17 years old)
Place of birth: Nijkerkerveen (Netherlands)
Youth career: Veensche Boys, Ajax Amsterdam
Current club: Ajax Amsterdam
Squad number: —
Current national team: Netherlands U-19
Position: defensive midfielder, centre midfielder, attacking midfielder
Preferred foot: right
Market value (by transfermarkt.de): —
Tournaments participated in: 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship elite round (3/1), 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship (5/0), UEFA Youth League 2014/2015 (1/3), Aegon Future Cup 2014
Contract until: 30.06.2017
Player’s agent: Essel Sports Management
Similar type of player: Xabi Alonso
– ability to read the game
Style of play:
– creative holding midfielder/number “8”/playmaker
– likes to hold up the ball
– likes to come deep to get ball and dictate tempo
– improves the team’s off the ball movement when in possession
– plays well under pressure
– great off the ball movement
– is naturally receptive to new techniques and tactics
– exceptional precision when passing and shooting
– natural leader
He is best suited to playing as:
Defensive midfielder in 4-3-3.
European Under-17 Championship 2014 runner-up with Netherlands.
No senior team appearances yet.
Donny van de Beek is fulfilling his father’s dreams – playing his football at Ajax. At his home club he’s been thought of as a big talent from the early years, but his career got a kick start only in the past season. A few months ago he played very well at the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, where young “Oranje” won a silver medal. Currently he represents Holland at U-19 level, battling for qualification to UEFA European Under-19 championship. Already in the first game, he scored 2 goals against Andorra. He also had a great debut in UEFA Youth League 2014/2015 – Ajax demolished PSG by a score of 6-1 and Donny scored a wonderful hattrick. If everything goes according to plan, he should soon be playing with Jong Ajax – the reserve team of the senior Ajax side, who play in the second Dutch division.
“In national team I am often number “6” and at Ajax I usually play as number “10”, but I do not mind, because I am a complete midfielder and I can play well on both positions.”
(Donny van de Beek)
Football Talent Scout potential rating:
Player has potential to become a key player in a top European club.