Ten Hag could finally ditch McTominay with Man Utd swoop for“perfect” 6 ft 1 star

January 17, 2023

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has shown a particular desire to raid the Dutch market during his time at Old Trafford thus far, with the 52-year-old having notably snapped up Lisandro Martinez, Antony and Tyrell Malacia from the Eredivisie during the summer.

The former Utrecht coach only recently snapped up compatriot Wout Weghorst on a temporary deal, having also shown an interest in another Netherlands international – Cody Gakpo – prior to the forward’s surprise move to Liverpool, with the former Ajax boss clearly looking to his homeland for possible new recruits.

According to The Sun, Ten Hag is seemingly eyeing further additions from Holland in the near future, having reportedly handed club scouts a list of prospective targets to keep tabs on, with the aim of lowering the age of the squad with a string of more youthful additions.

One figure who was named among that list was PSV Eindhoven playmaker Joey Veerman, with the 24-year-old having caught the eye as a result of his impressive form under Ruud van Nistelrooy of late, having scored seven goals and provided five assists in 26 games across all competitions from his central midfield berth this season.

The former Heerenveen man – who joined his current side back in January 2022 – had also ended the previous campaign with ten goals and 14 assists in 44 games across all fronts, while also offering the flexibility to feature on the flanks or in a more advanced, creative midfield berth.

Such a quality asset could well prove a notable upgrade on current United man, Scott McTominay, with the Scotland international – who has been linked with an exit in recent times – having only scored 18 goals and laid on five assists in 191 games in his whole Red Devils career.

Equally, unlike Veerman – who has created seven big chances in the league this season and averages 2.0 key passes per game – the Lancaster-born dud is far from impactful in the final third, as he has created just one big chance and averages just 0.2 key passes per game this term.

Furthermore, while the PSV sensation has been described as “perfect” on the ball by pundit Michael Mols as he averages 6.97 progressive passes per game, McTominay is anything but ‘perfect’ in possession, as he averages just 2.7 progressive passes per game as a sign of his shortcomings.

The latter man has hardly made up for that fact defensively as he has only averaged 1.2 tackles and 0.7 interceptions per game this season, while Veerman is able to combine his forward-thinking approach with a relentless work ethic, as he averages 1.6 tackles and 0.9 interceptions per 90.

Should Ten Hag opt to bring in his compatriot in the near future, it could well allow him to move on McTominay, with the towering asset having notably been described as “not good enough” by club legend Roy Keane.