With a full season of adaptation now behind him, and the COVID-19 restrictions starting to lift and help in terms of off-the-field matters, hopefully we will see the true van de Beek, who was a key figure for Ajax and an important member of the Dutch squad.

It promises to be a big campaign for the schemer, who was snapped by our official photographers in discussion with Ole during Monday’s session. No doubt the manager will have plans on how to get the best out of his 2020 recruit as he mulls over his selection for the season opener against Leeds United on 14 August.

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