The former Dortmund boss who has experience of working with both of the players has paid his verdict on his former struggling players.
Both of the talented playmakers signed for Premier League giants this summer, with
Van de Beek
for £40 million and
for an eye-catching £70m fee.
The 23-year-old Dutch midfielder has been out of
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s
favor since the start of the season, while
might pay with his job as his splashing summer signings, Werner, and Havertz, have failed to perform up to expectations.
, told The Athletic:
“Some players take more time than others, in all leagues. But I do question why Manchester United brought Donny in.
“They already have the best player in the league in that position: Bruno Fernandes. There is no space in their midfield for another number 10.
“Donny can play as a number six, but it must be a compact pitch. If it becomes a big pitch, it’s not his game.
“As for Kai, I can see why Chelsea brought him in but I cannot yet see the exact idea Frank Lampard has for him.
“It’s really good that he protects him in the press, though. But in the end, you must deliver, you must score goals and make goals. For a €100 million transfer you must play, and he isn’t.”
The Dutch coach was asked why in contrast to
is enjoying a successful career with the Blues, he responded:
“Kai plays the piano, but Hakim is from the streets.
“If there’s a free kick, he will just walk up and take it. He’s like that.”