After Chelsea had completed the signing of Dutch u-21 star from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer, they would have been very pleased with their business after watching the midfielder shine during their pre-season friendlies.
However, his debut season at Chelsea was quickly over after he tore an anterior cruciate ligament in Chelsea's 2-0 win at Swindon in the Capital one cup, in only his fourth appearance of the season.
The 21 year-old was one of the best players at the u-21 European championships for Holland and a move to Chelsea soon followed from Netherlands club Vitesse, whom he had been with since the age of 12.
Shortly after a couple of solid performances in pre-season, where his passing and tackling were superb, Chelsea fans soon dubbed their new number 16, "the new Frank Lampard"
A name any young Chelsea midfielder wouldn't mind having, van Ginkel could end up being a great replacement for the Chelsea legend, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
If Lampard does sign a new deal and plays on at Stamford Bridge next next year, he shouldn't expect guaranteed first team football if van Ginkel is fully fit again.
With Lampard getting slower and older with every season, manager Jose Mourinho may find that van Ginkel is a better bet for the central midfield role.
Van Ginkel is certainly the long term replacement for Chelsea's all time top goal scorer, but could find himself the short terms too, if Lampard's age does catch up with him.
Next season should be a very big season for the youngster, like this one should have been.
He might even be able to emulate Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, who is on the form of his life by scoring 14 goals in all competitions so far, having recovered from a broken leg sustained in 2010.
Both are similar players in the same position and of similar a similar age.
Unfortunately for van Ginkel, he is likely to miss the World cup this upcoming summer but will come back stronger than ever for next season.
If he can produce performances like he did in pre-season, Chelsea will have a top player on their hands and their midfield will be complete.
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