Daley Blind confesses that the Premier League’s tempo was too high for him to begin with.
Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind has admitted that the pace of the Premier League left him exhausted after his £14m transfer from Ajax in the summer.
The Netherlands international, who was cajoled by former Holland manager Louis van Gaal to follow in his footsteps to Old Trafford, made the confession that it took time to adapt to the tempo of the top-flight of English football.
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“The biggest difference is the Premier League is played at a much higher tempo,’ he told Inside United,” Blind was quoted in the Daily Mail.
“When I played my first games here, I noticed the difference and was a little tired. The tempo is definitely much higher here.
“In Holland, you have some points in a game when you can say, “Okay, let’s have a rest for a few minutes and play the ball around.”
Even with the English giants sitting fourth, the performances of such an expensive Red Devils side has been underwhelming this season. The 24-year-old, however, has been one of the more consistent players in a remarkably miserable outfit.
With 14 appearances and two goals, Blind has begun to cement a midfield role following his arrival.