Chelsea's summer signing from Vitesse Arnhem has made quite the impression during the Blues tour of Asia and America.
The 20-year-old enjoyed an excellent time at his former Dutch club, winning the award for Dutch talent of the year, which caused Chelsea to tussle with Ajax for the signature of the dynamic midfielder.
He also enjoyed a solid pre-season, and was a favourite for Jose Mourinho as the towering Dutchman played most of the minutes in Chelsea's tour, usually the only player to survive the half-time switch up for other players to get a run-out.
Van Ginkel started quietly, but after observing him closely in a number of games it is more than clear why Chelsea pushed this purchase so far.
His best qualities are his passing, athletic prowess, and innate ability to sense danger; positioning himself in the perfect place to snuff out attacks from the opposition.
He was unlucky not to grab a goal in any of his appearances, however this would not be seen as important as the main aim for pre-season is to build match fitness.
The Blues' new no.16 seems tailor-made for the Premier League, showing a great deal of strength and strong running, which means he will be effective in a typical box-to-box Premier League game.
In his interview with Chelsea TV upon planting his signature on a five-year deal, he described himself as a "box-to-box player, I can defend but also score goals", which will be promising as versatility with players is something which is a key cog to a title push which new manager Mourinho will be looking for.
As several news stations reported the new signing for the west London situated club, views emerged that Van Ginkel would be the successor to Blues legend and top scorer Frank Lampard, with the Englishman into his one-year extension at the tender age of 35.
This may be quite the tag to put on such a young player's shoulders, however Van Ginkel seems to have the mental strength to handle such acclaim, also adding in his interview with Chelsea TV that he was a big fan of the veteran midfielder.
Come the start of Chelsea's Premier League title push with the 'Special One' back at the helm, I believe Van Ginkel will be an important player for Mourinho's side.
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