Karel Jansen, the agent of forgotten Chelsea starlet Marco van Ginkel, has confirmed his client may look to move away from Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old's progress has halted massively in west London after he suffered a serious injury not long after arriving in 2013. Subsequently, the Dutchman has failed to establish consistent playing time and is looking for an alternative source of games as the transfer window comes to a close.
Jansen spoke to AD.nl (translated via 101 Great Goals): "We are in talks with Chelsea. Of course Marco wants to fight for his chance, but there must be some perspective. We are waiting for a response from Chelsea as to how they see things."
It is likely Van Ginkel will move out on loan, but Jansen has "ruled out" a return to the Eredivisie, per the aforementioned translation. Instead, Van Ginkel wishes to ply his trade elsewhere in the Premier League, Bundesliga or La Liga.
Van Ginkel made two substitute appearances in the English top flight last season, while he also started one game in the Champions League, per WhoScored.com. He was unable to make much of an impression before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in September, an injury which left him out of contention for the majority of the 2013-14 campaign.
Jose Mourinho's squad boasts frightening quality in midfield, ensuring Van Ginkel would have most likely suffered limited playing time even if he remained fit. The likes of Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Cesc Fabregas have taken on greater roles than Van Ginkel, despite arriving later. Kevin de Bruyne was sold after failing to impress, highlighting the difficulties of breaking through.
The Blues also have Ramires, Oscar and others to fall back on in the middle, meaning Van Ginkel is unlikely to get much of a chance outside of the Capital One Cup. He needs high-level, first-team experience at this stage of his career and could benefit from spending time in a squad that will feel his impact.
Oliver Todd of the Daily Mail also noted a potentially significant point of Van Ginkel's temporary departure:
Marco van Ginkel looking to potentially leave Chelsea on loan, says his agent. Would free up a 'foreign' player spot in the squad.— Oliver Todd (@oliver_todd) August 22, 2014
Chelsea need to axe one foreign player from their squad in order to fulfill the Premier League's quota, per Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail. Van Ginkel's potential exit offers a simple solution to this problem, especially as he is unlikely to rack up a significant run of appearances this season.
Van Ginkel is a well-rounded midfielder, but Mourinho currently favours specialists for most roles. The starlet doesn't possess physical power like Matic, nor can he dart between the lines like Oscar. He isn't overly pacey and doesn't offer trickery like Salah, nor the outright energy of Ramires.
Which loan move would aid Marco van Ginkel's development the most?
He is, however, adept at fulfilling both defensive and attacking roles, ensuring he represents a piece of shrewd business for a side who is willing to take the punt. Van Ginkel is a smart reader of the game and likes to put thumping tackles in when possible. He looks to exploit space with clever passes and is tidy enough to maintain possession in pressure situations.
A stint on loan in the Premier League would appear most beneficial. Here, he would remain in the consciousness of Mourinho and Chelsea supporters. De Bruyne became a product of the Bundesliga after moving on loan to Werder Bremen, but if Van Ginkel is to make it in England, it is best for him to remain on Premier League shores.
Mourinho's current squad is made up of players who are ready to capture silverware right away. Van Ginkel has fallen foul of this, but he can quickly build his reputation with a solid showing elsewhere.
He is an extremely talented youngster—someone who doesn't back down from a challenge and is confident enough to compete against the best. Chelsea would certainly be acting prematurely if he was permanently dismissed at this point, as they can feel the benefits of the former Vitesse star developing his skills at a temporary club.