Netherlands icon Dirk Kuyt has urged his compatriot Donny van de Beek to be “patient” as he continues to adapt to life in the Premier League.
Manchester United signed Van de Beek from Ajax for £40million last summer but the midfielder has started just two Premier League games this season.
The 23-year-old’s underwhelming start to life with United has already prompted speculation over his future at Old Trafford.
Kuyt can empathise with Van De Beek’s situation as he also left his homeland to move to the Premier League, joining Liverpool back in 2006.
And the Anfield fan favourite is certain Van de Beek’s “time will come” with the Red Devils.
“The step from the Eredivise to the Premier League is an even bigger step then when I was going to the Premier League from the Eredivisie,” Kuyt told Sky Sports .
“We see then same with [ Chelsea winger Hakim] Ziyech, so we need to give the players a little bit of time.
“But I think Donny has been very unfortunate because there are no better players than [Bruno] Fernandes at the moment in the world. And he’s playing in his position, so that makes it very tough for him.
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“I think Donny van de Beek has shown in the Champions League last year how good of a player he is, so his time will come.”
Van de Beek missed United’s 4-0 thrashing of Real Sociedad in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday night and may not recover from a knock in time for the Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
Kuyt is frustrated by the timing of the injury, as there may be more opportunities for Van de Beek at present due to Paul Pogba’s thigh complaint.
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Kuyt added: “It is disappointing that he’s inured now because Pogba is injured – there is some space in the midfield and I was hoping for him that he’d get a chance to show himself off.
“But you have to keep being patient and like I said, to make the step from the Eredivise to the Premier League is a very huge one.”
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