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30 Dec 2021 22:08:22
Serious question for the Ed's, what has donny so wrong that he can't get any game time? No Bruno and Fred playing and still no minutes. Really hope he is leaving in jan for his own sake.

{Ed002's Note - I would rather agree that he has not had a sustained opportunity. It has stalled his career for a couple of years. January is a tough time for transfers, but he needs to get back on track.}

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30 Dec 2021 23:33:50
Whilst I’d agree he’s not had a sustained run of games, nobody sees what happens in training. My question would be what has he actually done right?

{Ed002's Note - That left turn.}

31 Dec 2021 09:40:16
It's a shame but I don't think Donny suits either how we played under Ole or how we are trying to play under Ralf.

Donny is well suited to the Ajax idealogy of total football, being able to play in multiple positions with a focus on possession and working as a team to create chances. Donny excels at finding space and linking play. While he tends to lean towards "safer" rather than "riskier" passes to avoid losing possession. He also has a very good shot on him and is better higher up the pitch than deeper.

Under Ole we were very individualistic which doesn't play into what Donny is best at. He isn't the type of player who'll draw a player into him then beat them to create space. He relies on drifting into space then his teammates finding him with quick and accurate passes.

Under Ralf we are trying to be a pressing team, which requires high defensive work rate, especially from the offensive players. While he asks his players to play quick risky passes vertically as soon as they win the ball back in an attempt to create chances before the opposition drop back into their defensive shape. This is kind of he opposite of what Donny excels at, closing down space rather than drifting into it, playing dangerous vertical passes rather than safer horizontal ones.

I'm not sure I can see where or how he fits into what Ralf would want from his players.

31 Dec 2021 10:15:59
Let's hope for his sake the lad gets a move sooner rather than later,
and gets his career back on track.

31 Dec 2021 10:22:31
He should have been allowed to leave in the summer when he wanted to, seems like a decent lad who just wants to play first team football.

Also he is out of the Holland squad atm and needs to be playing regularly to get in that for Qatar 2022 so should push for a move in January even if that means kicking up a fuss.

Ballpark figures are that he cost £40m and i assume he's on at least £80-100K a week, imagine if we actually spent that on a cdm in summer of 2020 to gradually phase Matic out and not rely on Mcfred. We would actually look like we know what we are doing in terms of building a squad.

31 Dec 2021 10:26:06
We slated a ole for nit giving him a chance, and yet here is a new manage also not giving him any game time. Clearly the issue appears to be the player himself.

31 Dec 2021 10:26:16
Agreed. He actually be excellent in a City/ Barca set up, but I can see a January loan to an Everton/ Ajax.

31 Dec 2021 11:25:35
He was exactly the kind of signing I'd get excited about, but it came out of the blue. just like the CR7 signing. It felt opportunist and like it wasn't part of a plan, and with Pogba/ Fernandes already vying for those positions, didn't seem like a signing we needed. I think he was signed 'in case' Pogba left, but for whatever reason, that never happened (yet) .
Yet for all of the bemoaning here that he never gets a chance, 2 managers haven't seen enough in training or whatever to give him a run of games, so I can only deduce we are not seeing something they are. And the biggest truth lies in the fact that for all of the comments from the Dutch press and his national/ former club managers that it's criminal not to be using him, I am yet to see a single shred of proof that the little Ajax wizard we'd all seen on TV prior to the move is still in there.
For me it's a reluctant, but necessary, loan back to Ajax for the remainder of the season. Everton is miles beneath him, maybe Spurs as that midfield isn't quite right either but we don't want to strengthen them.

01 Jan 2022 18:41:04
Ralf is 5 games in AJH. I suspect it will take a bit more time to assess him given the fact that he had hardly played under Ole.

02 Jan 2022 07:43:20
Apprently Donny won't be going anywhere until the summer because of Agent issues.



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