When Chelsea spent £9million on Vitesse Arnhem midfielder Marco van Ginkel, people immediately compared him to club legend and all-time top scorer Frank Lampard and felt he could be Chelsea's replacement for the 35-year-old.

Chelsea had initially promised the 20-year old lots of game time and many minutes on the pitch. But so far, he has only been given two substitute appearances, at home to Hull City Tigers and Aston Villa respectively.

But things are likely to change for Van Ginkel, who has played 13 times for his country at u-21 level - scoring three goals.

He is expected to feature against Basel in the Champions league and is almost certainly going to start away to Swindon in the Capital One cup next week.

During Chelsea's pre-season last summer, the Dutchman was one of the blues' star players, featuring at the heart of midfield along the likes of Frank Lampard, Ramires, John Obi Mikel and Michael Essien.

He showed Chelsea fans his true talents, with his passing and tackling his strongest abilities. He even came up with a couple of decent strikes at goal, earning more comparisons to Frank Lampard.

After an outstanding u-21 European Championships with Holland last summer, Chelsea decided he would become their latest young talent within their squad.

In fact, Jose Mourinho and the club were so confident he would play a big part for them this season, they rejected a loan bid from Dutch giants Ajax, giving a sense of his role in the team this campaign.

You usually hear about the amount of midfielders the Stamford Bridge club have - but that is only in an attacking sense, with options in their two holding midfield positions lower than maybe initially thought.

Essien and Obi Mikel are the two defensive midfielders in the team whilst Ramires, Lampard and Van Ginkel himself are all box-to-box midfielders. This could easily see him play a lot of football this year.

With Lampard ageing, Chelsea are going to need a player to play his role for the team and Van Ginkel could definitely be that man.

A good run in the team followed by a string of key performances may see  Van Ginkel become a key player in this Chelsea team.

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