Is Marco Van Ginkel the next Frank Lampard?
Chelsea have recently signed Marco Van Ginkel from the Eredivise side Vitesse for £9 million on a 5 year contract.
Van Ginkel was a key member of the Vitesse side who finished fourth in the Eredivisie last season, their highest placing since 1998.
The “Dutch Justin Bieber” won “The Dutch Talent of the Year 2012-2013” for all his contributions to his childhood club Vitesse, who finished just 12 points less than the champions Ajax Amsterdam.
It is said that Jose Mourinho himself convinced Ginkel to join Chelsea after promising him more first team action than Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.
Van Ginkel’s progress has been closely tracked by Chelsea and his signing has come as a shock to Ajax who were gearing up to secure his signature for themselves.
Mourinho may have signed Van Ginkel with the hope that this talented midfielder will step into the boots of either Frank Lampard or Michael Essien, more likely Lampard who runs out of contract after the 2013 English Premier League season.
Asked about his first impression about Chelsea, Ginkel replied “Really good, I’m very happy to be here at such a nice club with great players. I am really happy, the stadium is good and the training ground is fantastic.
I know about all the players and will meet them on Monday. I expect a lot, I’ve watched matches and it’s really nice to be here.”
He has made it clear to the fans that he can score goals and defend for his team.
And with regard to Mourinho, he said “I spoke with the manager and he had some good words for me. If a trainer like this says these things to you it makes you really proud and I am happy to work with him.”
He has also stated his intentions for the up-coming seasons “I want to learn a lot, to develop myself. I want to play games and not only sit on the bench, that’s what I hope for, to play in games at these great stadiums and hopefully be important for the team, whether it is from the bench or from the start.”
Van Ginkel already has a number of friends at Chelsea – Tomas Kalas, Van Aanholt, Gael Kakuta, with whom he has spent one complete season at Vitesse during their loan period.
When asked about his expectations for the first pre-season training session, he replied “I look forward to it a lot. It’s not scary, but I will be a little bit nervous maybe! Playing with players like Frank Lampard and John Terry will be a huge thing. I played three years at Vitesse, but the Premier League is very good, and I will enjoy playing with these players with this experience.”
“Yes, everybody wants to go there to Brazil. You have to play, that’s what Louis van Gaal has said to players. I think I can play games and I think the Premier League is higher than the Dutch league, so you can learn more physically and technically, and develop. That’s why I am here” replied Ginkel when questioned about his chances of getting into the Dutch National Squad for WC14.
Ginkel has the grown through the ranks at Vitesse. He has had the experience of being close to relegation in 2010 Dutch league season. It is clear that this guy can withstand the pressure of playing in EPL.
He has talent, has got great skills, good vision, and finally he’s experienced many ups and downs already in his career. But the question is “Can he fit into the boots of Frank Lampard?”.