Donyell Malen

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Donyell Malen
Austria U-18 vs. Netherlands U-18 2017-03-23 (083).jpg
Malen in 2017
Personal information
Full name Donyell Malen
Date of birth (1999-01-19) 19 January 1999 (age 21)
Place of birth Wieringen, Netherlands
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Forward[1]
Club information
Current team
PSV
Number 9
Youth career
2007–2015[1] Ajax
2015–2017 Arsenal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2018 Jong PSV 22 (13)
2018– PSV 53 (23)
National team
2014 Netherlands U15 5 (1)
2014–2015 Netherlands U16 5 (2)
2015–2016 Netherlands U17 20 (1)
2016–2017 Netherlands U18 7 (1)
2017–2018 Netherlands U19 10 (8)
2018–2019 Netherlands U21 8 (2)
2019– Netherlands 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2020[1][2]

Donyell Malen (born 19 January 1999) is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a forward for PSV Eindhoven and the Netherlands national team. Malen has also featured at youth level for Ajax and Arsenal.[3][1][2][4]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Wieringen, Hollands Kroon, Malen began his career with Ajax in 2007. Despite a great deal of resistance coming from Ajax, in 2015 he left Ajax to join English club Arsenal. Malen joined up due to Arsenal being the side of his heroes Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.[1][5]

Arsenal[edit]

Malen whilst featuring for Arsenal

Malen began playing for the youth teams of Arsenal in the Youth Premier League together with the FA Youth Cup, and the UEFA Youth League in the 2015–16 season. He began to display his impressive talent during his debut season for the Gunners.[3] He scored in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final away to Coventry City which Arsenal won on penalties.[6] Coming off the bench, he scored against Manchester City in the semi-final of the 2016 FA Youth Cup at the Emirates Stadium.[7] On 6 February 2016, Malen signed his first professional contract with Arsenal,[8] and played 30 times during the season , scoring 14 goals.[3] During the 2016–17 season, Malen was used a great deal on the wing,[9] and was included in the club's 2017–18 pre-season tour of Australia and China.[10] He made his senior debut for Arsenal in a 2–0 win over Sydney on 13 July.[11][12]

PSV[edit]

Malen was sold by Arsenal to PSV Eindhoven in late August 2017.[13]

Malen went on to play as a winger for Jong PSV.[14] On 24 November Malen scored a brace in Jong PSV's 6–0 thumping of Telstar.[15] He again netted in PSV II's 3–0 win over FC Oss on 27 November.[16] Malen scored and picked up an assist in PSV II's 2–3 loss to Fortuna upon 4 December.[17] He again scored in a 1–1 draw away to Go Ahead Eagles on 12 December.[18] Malen went on to be named in Voetbal International's Jupiler League team of the week a day later.[19]

Malen was awarded the Bronze Bull for being the Best Talent for the second period of the 2017–18 Jupiler League on 29 January 2018.[20][21] He went to make his debut for PSV in a 4–0 Eredivisie win over PEC Zwolle on 3 February.[4] Malen went on to win the 2018 Eredivisie title with PSV.[22] He also ended the 2017–18 season as Jong PSV's topscorer.[23]

On 14 September 2019, Malen scored all 5 goals for PSV as they thrashed Vitesse.[24] On 29 October 2020, he scored a brace in a 2–1 away win over AC Omonia in the 2020–21 UEFA Europa League.[25]

International career[edit]

Youth[edit]

Malen in March 2017 whilst playing for Holland

Born in the Netherlands, Malen is of Surinamese descent.[26] At the 2016 Under 17 Euros held in Azerbaijan, Malen played throughout the tournament where the Oranje got to the semi finals.[27][28][29] He went on to feature for the Netherlands under-18 team.[30] He also was called up, in December 2016, for the Dutch squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship[31][2][30] In March 2017 Malen scored in the 86th minute of an U18 game against Austria to equalise for the Dutch in an eventual 1–1 draw.[32][33][34]

He was part of the Dutch squad which took part in a four-team tournament, scoring a 90th minute equaliser against Portugal and then scored a brace in a 9–0 rout of Finland.[35][36] During an U19 Euro qualifier on 7 October, Malen netted for Holland's U19s to cap off a 2–0 victory at home against Hungary.[37][38] Malen two days later scored in extra time to secure a 2–2 draw with Slovenia, meaning Netherlands finished top of the group and qualified for the 2018 U19 Euros.[39][40] With the score locked at 1–1 in a friendly against Italy U19's, Malen hit a free kick to score the winning goal on 9 November.[41] Malen then scored a brace for Holland in a friendly away to Serbia U19's.[42]

Senior[edit]

Malen made his senior international debut for the Netherlands on 6 September 2019, in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany in Hamburg. He came off the bench in the 58th minute and scored his team's third goal in a 4–2 victory.[43]

Style of play[edit]

Malen is a tremendously quick player who possesses great dribbling skills and an aptitude for prolific goal scoring. Malen has been likened by ex-Ajax youth coach Brian Tevreden to Chilean forward Alexis Sánchez.[44] He has been coached by Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp while at Ajax, and Thierry Henry at Arsenal. [3][5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 4 October 2020.[45]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Year League Cup Europe Other[a] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jong PSV 2017–18 Eerste Divisie 22 13 22 13
PSV 2017–18 Eredivisie 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2018–19 Eredivisie 31 10 2 0 8 1 1 0 42 11
2019–20 Eredivisie 14 11 0 0 10 6 1 0 25 17
2020–21 Eredivisie 4 2 0 0 2 2 6 4
Total 53 23 2 0 20 9 2 0 77 32
Career total 75 36 2 0 18 9 2 0 99 45
  1. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Eredivisie Playoffs and the Johan Cruyff Shield

International[edit]

As of 11 October 2020.[46]
Netherlands
Year Apps Goals
2019 4 1
2020 1 0
Total 5 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list the Netherlands' goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Malen goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 September 2019 Volksparkstadion, Hamburg, Germany  Germany 3–2 4–2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

PSV Eindhoven

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Donyell Malen: Interview". Arsenal.com. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Dutch U19 Squad". Ajax Showtime.com.
  3. ^ a b c d Group, Arsenal Media. "Donyell Malen: Profile". www.arsenal.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Donyell Malen debuteert in het 'grote' PSV: 'In een vol stadion is toch anders'". Omroepbrabant.nl (in Dutch).
  5. ^ a b "Aanvaller Donyell Malen (17) en zijn moeder Mariska Manshanden". Volksrant.nl (in Dutch).
  6. ^ "Coventry U18 2-2 (6-7 Pen) Arsenal U18 (2015/16 FA Youth Cup R5)". Youtube.com.
  7. ^ "Pic Special: Arsenal youngsters draw with Man City at Emirates in FA Youth Cup". Daily Star.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Deal: Arsenal ace Donyell Malen signs new contract". Daily Star.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Review: Leicester 0-3 Arsenal – Malen shines as Young Guns victorious". Daily Cannon.com.
  10. ^ "Arsenal in Sydney". Arsenal.com.
  11. ^ "SYDNEY VS. ARSENAL 0 - 2". Soccerway.com.
  12. ^ "Alexandre Lacazette scores on Arsenal debut in friendly vs. Sydney FC". ESPN FC.com.
  13. ^ "Donyell Malen joins PSV Eindhoven". Talksport.com.
  14. ^ "Jong PSV vs RKC Waalwijk". Soccerway.com.
  15. ^ "Ook PSV-aanvaller Donyell Malen gelooft nu in het ketchup-verhaal". ED.nl (in Dutch).
  16. ^ "FC Oss kansloos onderuit tegen Jong PSV". BD.nl (in Dutch).
  17. ^ "PSV II VS. FORTUNA SITTARD 2 - 3". Soccerway.com.
  18. ^ "Go Ahead Eagles 1-1 PSV II". Soccerway.com.
  19. ^ "Limburgse glorie in het Elftal van de Week". Voetbal International.com (in Dutch).
  20. ^ a b "Donyell Malen". Twitter.com.
  21. ^ a b "Donyell Malen (Jong @PSV)". Twitter.com.
  22. ^ a b "PSV KAMPIOEN". Youtube.com (in Dutch). Fox Sports.
  23. ^ "Balans van de Brabantse Jupiler League-clubs: goalgetter Lieder, donkerrood RKC, smaakmaker Kamaçi". Omroep Brabant.nl (in Dutch).
  24. ^ "Donyell Malen: PSV Eindhoven youngster scores five in rout over Vitesse". 14 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  25. ^ "Omonia 1–2 PSV". UEFA. 29 October 2020.
  26. ^ "Profvoetballers van Surinaamse afkomst". Natio Suriname | Voetbal.
  27. ^ "Netherlands U17s defeated in Euro semi-final". Football Oranje.com.
  28. ^ "Chong to the fore as Netherlands edge Sweden". UEFA.com.
  29. ^ "Portugal see off Netherlands in semi-finals". UEFA.com.
  30. ^ a b "Netherlands U21s beaten by Austria but U18s hammer Czech Republic". Football Oranje.com.
  31. ^ "2016 UEFA Under 17 Euros - Matches". UEFA.com.
  32. ^ "Austria U18 vs Niederlande U18". Twitter.com (in German).
  33. ^ "Donyell Malen scores for Holland". Twitter.com.
  34. ^ "Netherlands under 18s". Twitter.com.
  35. ^ "Portugal U19s 2-2 Netherlands U19s". Sofa Score.com.
  36. ^ "Netherlands U19s Put Nine Past Finland". Football Oranje.com.
  37. ^ "Holland U19s 2-0 Hungary U19s". Twitter.com.
  38. ^ "Netherlands 2-0 Hungary". UEFA.com.
  39. ^ "GOUDHAANTJE KADIOGLU BEZORGT ONDER 19 GROEPSWINST". Ons Oranje.nl (in Dutch).
  40. ^ "Slovenia 2-2 Holland". UEFA.com.
  41. ^ "IJZERSTERK ORANJE ONDER 19 ZET ITALIË OPZIJ". Ons Oranje.nl (in Dutch).
  42. ^ "Donyell Malen helpt Oranje onder 19 langs Servische leeftijdgenoten". Sport Nieuws.nl (in Dutch).
  43. ^ "Germany 2-4 Netherlands". uefa.com. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  44. ^ "Ex-Ajax chief says Arsenal whizkid Donyell Malen just like Alexis Sanchez". Ghana Soccernet.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  45. ^ "Donyell Malen » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  46. ^ Donyell Malen at National-Football-Teams.com

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