For long Chelsea have found Youth contributions (other than Attacking Midfield ) elusive. The examples include Sturridge transfer to Liverpool, re-loaning out Lukaku, deciding to keep De Bruyne at Werder Bremen despite his pre-season exploits & etc. The announcement of Marco Van Ginkel may have raised eyebrows but all confided in Mourinho’s consideration. His gaffer praised to the media that Van Ginkel would be EPL own Gerrard or Lampard type player for his all rounded midfield abilities. Mourinho, a strict regulator of making attacking players defend saw promises in the young Dutch. He exclaimed upon Ginkel’s arrival ‘He covers a fantastic area of the field defensively and after that he has this instinct where he wants to go into finishing areas, he wants to score goals. He’s very good in the air.’
Now analyzing Ginkel scenario and clubs faith in him it is apparent that the Club never wanted to loan him out. CDM is a highly sensitive department where senior players must be played in. Yet Lampard and Ramires have limitations with age for the Chelsea legend and passing abilities of the Brazilian. Hence an inexperienced Van Ginkel can contribute both Energy and Accuracy. At Vitesse he was credited for scoring at respectable rate of 18 in 93 matches including Dutch powerhouses such as Ajax . He debuted at seventeen and in the following 2010-11 season he evolved into a key player. Now in the realms of Chelsea CDM Van Ginkel offers versatility which are stated as follows:
1 Lethal Shots, 2 Ability to play in different midfield positions in both Attacking and Offensive Midfield departments, 3 Long range passes 4 Careful and Cautious Style, 5 Abilitt to use both feet with equal Adeptness & 6 Mature Style at a very young level.
Now Van Ginkel was injured and bared from action for nearly seven months. His presence was not felt after a bright Hull City cameo and unlucky match against Basel that saw him start. Luiz and Matic are fundamental to CDM with Mikel set to depart and Lampard and Ramires offering options. Ramires is a proven ball winner but in Chelsea s style lately he found life difficult. He does have pace to run and send the ball to attacking players and impose powerful pressure on opponents as well. The stark truths are his atrocious long ball clearance, turning back to retrieve the ball when behind an opponent, aerial interceptions, passing without committing fouls marginally etc. Van Ginkel have not faced Barca, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Juventus etc like Ramires and did not play UCL too. Yet the array of skills he possesses would offer more. Under Jose Ramires effectively triggered Counter Attacks which were brilliant. Van Ginkel ventures into opposition D Box after their attacks have been dealt with by his team. Then as on the counter he blisteringly advances with attacking moves. This may merit him a part on Counter Attacking strategies too. Lampard was a feared Box to Box Midfielder at his acme who has been moulded into CDM player after Essiens fall in form, Ballack and Deco exits, AVB preferring youth etc. However Lampard with stability operated in CDM given experiences and attacking traits. It is essential to inject Fresh and Dynamic Blood into CDM given any of Luiz or Matic’s absence due to injury, suspension, fatigue, need for rest etc. Mikel played pure Left sided CDM before Matic superceeded him and anyone between the Luiz, Ramires and Lampard trio play the Right CDM
However this article does not negate Ramires or point out inabilities that may arise from the age of the legend Lampard. It stresses on the potential rise of Van Ginkel which we could not see as he was plagued with a serious injury. The intention of this article is to sensitize fans on a present resource who does not posses the reputations of Salah, Schurrle etc. So we should notvexpect any mega CDM signing to provide balance in cases of Luiz and Matic unavalibility.
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