Premier League side Chelsea have announced on Thursday morning that they have agreed terms with Eredivisie side Vitesse over the transfer of Netherlands international midfielder Marco van Ginkel.
According to a statement on the West London club’s official website: ”The player will join Chelsea subject to a medical, agreement of personal terms and legal documentation.”
A 20-year-old goalscoring midfielder, Van Ginkel has spent much of his summer thus far with the Netherlands Under-21 squad in Israel, helping his side reach the semifinals before elimination at the hands of Italy.
To help Chelsea fans understand their prospective £8 million signing, The Elastico has turned to Michiel Jongsma, Dutch football writer for Benefoot.com and Opta Johan, for a clearer understanding of the player.
The Expert’s view:
“Marco Van Ginkel came through at a time when Vitesse were in financial trouble and was thrown into the team as a 17-year-old. But instead of collapsing under the pressure, he emerged as one of the few shining lights for the Arnhemmers. And, where other talents were laid off after Merab Jordania bought the club, bringing in a batch of new players, Van Ginkel kept his place.
He has improved seemingly month by month, becoming instrumental for Vitesse last season—as instrumental as Wilfried Bony perhaps. In the four seasons he has played in since his debut, he has been a starter for three of them, racking up a total 93 league appearances. It’s telling that Louis van Gaal has handed the 20-year-old his debut in the Dutch national team already despite the huge competition in midfield. At present, it would appear that Van Ginkel is one of the most likely to go to the World Cup in Brazil.
His game is both unique and complete, so it’s easy to see why Van Gaal is so fond of him. “The baby-faced killer”, as he is often called, Van Ginkel is a creative, but disciplined midfielder—a modern number 10 perhaps—in the way that he doesn’t shy away from doing hard work, or dropping deeper in midfield to help others, but still having the energy and vision to be influential in attack.
He is, in short, a rather versatile midfielder, comfortable in any of the central positions. With eight goals and eight assists last season, he already boasts a pretty good record considering his age. His main strengths are his technique, passing ability, vision, stamina and his composure. He appears calm, both when retaining the ball in midfield and when in goalscoring positions.
He’s a type of midfielder Chelsea don’t really have at the moment, and a pretty good one too. If Mourinho gives him time and trust, they could well have a bargain on their hands.”
You can follow Michiel on Twitter – @jongsmajongsma.