Following the arrival of Marco van Ginkel at Stamford Bridge, we take a look at how the the Dutchman will affect Chelsea’s midfield in the coming 2013/14 season.
It’s hard to envision how Van Ginkel is going to get regular first-team football at Chelsea.
John Obi Mikel was signed by Jose Mourinho during his first spell with the club, Ramires is an absolute engine, while Oscar is extremely intelligent and has forged a great partnership with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard.
Michael Essien is back from Real Madrid and Frank Lampard is simply a legend. Let’s also bear in mind that there has been rumours linking Sami Khedira with a move to Chelsea.
Just like Oriol Romeu, another young player whom when fit has never quite been able to break into the first-team, Van Ginkel may suffer the same fate.
Chelsea’s central midfield may not be as strong and influential as it once was, but every single player vying for a place in that position offers something different.
Mikel, though highly criticised, is still Chelsea’s best defensive midfield player. Right from the Champions League winning season to the end of the last, Mikel has shown maturity and is usually very assured in possession.
Though he can be found wanting sometimes, Mikel does provide good cover for the defence and provides the midfield with that much needed balance.
Ramires is that box-to-box player who has got enormous amounts of energy and will run up and down a pitch for 120 minutes. Since signing for Chelsea, his performances have only gotten better and he also weighs in with his own fair share of goals. Simply put, he is what Michael Essien was at his peak.
No Chelsea midfield player has played more games over the past year than Oscar, which says a lot about his ability. At just 21, the young Brazilian prodigy is already a key part of the Brazilian national team and was a key member of the Olympic squad and the Confederation Cup winning squad.
A part of Chelsea’s creative midfield triumvirate with Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, Oscar’s intelligence on and off the ball could well be key to the Blues success next season.
The two words any Chelsea fan would describe Frank Lampard with would simply be ‘living legend,’ because that is exactly what he is.
His level of goal scoring, for a midfield player, has never been seen or even heard of before. When Chelsea’s striking department failed last season, he came up with the goods and bailed his team out.
According to The Guardian, Mourinho considers Van Ginkel as the long-term successor to Frank Lampard in Chelsea's midfield and hopes he can learn from the veteran. However, that could mean Van Ginkel may not get his chance until Lampard is gone.
So, anything Van Ginkel thinks he can offer, Mikel, Ramires, Oscar and Lampard can readily offer the same. No doubt he is a great young talent, but compared to what Chelsea already have, Essien and Romeu inclusive, the Dutchman may suffer.
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