Chelsea Transfer News: Breaking Down Addition of Midfielder Marco Van Ginkel

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 6, 2013

HEERENVEEN, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 22:  Marco van Ginkel of Vitesse in action during the Eredivisie match between SC Heerenveen and Vitesse Arnhem at Abe Lenstra Stadion on December 22, 2012 in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Chelsea have been going young this transfer window, adding 22-year-old forward Andre Schurrle, and are poised to add 20-year-old midfielder Marco van Ginkel. 

From Brian Lee of the Daily Mail:

Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel is set to complete his move to Chelsea after the clubs agreed a fee of around £9 million.

Van Ginkel, 20, who has won one cap for Holland, now needs to pass a medical and agree personal terms to become Jose Mourinho's second signing after Andre Schurrle. 

A statement on the Chelsea website read: "Chelsea Football Club and Vitesse Arnhem have reached an agreement for the transfer of Marco van Ginkel. 

"The player will join Chelsea subject to a medical, agreement of personal terms and legal documentation."

The question is, how will van Ginkel fit at Chelsea? Will he play often this season? Where will he feature in Mourinho's system? 

A popular notion has been that van Ginkel will be the long-term replacement for Frank Lampard. He scored eight goals in 33 games for Vitesse this season in the Eredivisie and was quite good for the Netherlands in the U-21 European Championships, earning a 7.34 match rating by

While van Ginkel can certainly play behind the striker, he is probably at his best in a box-to-box role paired in a midfield back-two given his solid engine and plus size. While he is by no means a defensive midfielder, his driving runs forward make him a natural pair for a more defensively minded player. 

Then again, he did fulfill the defensive role for the Netherlands at the U-21 Euros, so perhaps if called upon to do so, he can fill that role. He is nothing if not versatile. 

And his dangerous shot from range will certainly remind a few folks of Lampard's own threats from distance. 

But van Ginkel's biggest strength is his technical prowess. He is equally impressive playing short, quick passes as he is lofting long diagonals accurately across the pitch. He has a knack for sending teammates through on goal with crisp passes and should develop into an excellent playmaker at Stamford Bridge. 

And he may do so sooner rather than later—despite being only 20 years of age, he's already displayed a solid understanding of the game. For a youngster, he has a bright mind for the game.

With Chelsea's midfield in flux—both John Obi Mikel and youngster Oriol Romeu could be leaving this summer, though the latter perhaps only on loan—there will be opportunities for van Ginkel to earn a consistent gig with Chelsea this season. 

Or he could be loaned to ensure he earns consistent playing time and his development continues. 

Whatever the case may be, Chelsea fans should be excited to land this young, burgeoning star. While he may not leave his mark on the club next year, he should become a dynamic player for the Blues in the coming seasons. 


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