With Dutch superstars such as Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben approaching the twilight of their careers, Dutch football fans will be looking for a new man to idolise and immortalise by labelling the 'Flying Dutchman'.
Chelsea's Marco van Ginkel could very well be that man.
Marco van Ginkel was the subject of a transfer battle between Manchester United and Chelsea FC. Consistent performances for Vitesse last season and a string of impressive performances for the U-21 Netherlands squad at the U-21 European Championships made interest from these two European heavyweights not surprising at all.
Both United and Chelsea had been looking to strengthen their midfields. Chelsea wanted to find a replacement for the ageing Frank Lampard, and United for the retired Paul Scholes. Marco van Ginkel's ability to score goals from the midfield, as well as his pin-point passes made him the ideal man to replace both Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard. In the end, van Ginkel signed for the Blues, to Chelsea's delight and United's disappointment.
With this young man being trained by the former European Champions, playing under the great Jose Mourinho and playing alongside the likes of Juan Mata and Oscar, his future certainly looks bright. With arguably one of the best passes in Europe and a knack for scoring goals which could rival the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Arturo Vidal, this talented Dutchman may soon earn the name that has immortalized many other Dutch footballers; he may soon be known as the Flying Dutchman.
So, is Marco van Ginkel the 'real deal'? He has certainly impressed Jose Mourinho during Chelsea's pre-season camp, but can he carry those performances through to his maiden season in the most competitive league in the world? He undoubtedly has the natural talent, but has he aquired the drive, determination, stamina, strength and awareness to survive in the Premier League?
It's too soon to say, but he has definitely shown that he possesses the technique that many Dutch footballers are born with. This cultured midfielder may very well be the next 'Flying Dutchman'.
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