It was always going to happen: Donny van de Beek has been linked to Newcastle United.

Currently at an impasse at Manchester United, the Dutchman has been advised countless times to leave Old Trafford in search for pastures anew, with January a potential good opportunity for him to do so.

Of course, newly wealthy Newcastle would be able to afford him, and since two plus two often make five in the transfer market, it’s almost a no-brainer for people to associate both parties.

A lot could depend on who takes over from Steve Bruce at St James’ Park, with the former defender expected to be sacked sooner rather than later, but with the right manager, some feel a transfer from Manchester United to Tyneside could be great for the midfielder.

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Among those is analyst Valentijn Driessen, who spoke on the De Telegraaf podcast Kick Off.

He said, relayed by Voetbalzone: “I don’t think van de Beek has to compromise when he goes to Newcastle, maybe he can get something out of it”.

In fact, he should just leave, and find ‘a manager who believes in him and picks him from the off’, regardless of whether it’s on loan or permanently.

He added: “But this is a hopeless situation at Manchester United. That boy does nothing. It’s only good financially, but if you can go to Newcastle, and they are going to build a nice team there and they see a good role for you there, then he should always do that. He is currently at a dead end”.

Just in case you’d forgotten, the Dutch midfielder has only played 141 minutes of football this season, only six of which have come in the Premier League, and that includes a full 90 minutes against West Ham in the EFL Cup.