As Chelsea finally relented on their seemingly unwillingness to offer Frank Lampard a contract extension; one young Netherlands international was plying his trade for his country in the U21 Championships in Israel.
His name is Marco van Ginkel.
Impressing in this tournament and in his previous three seasons for Vitesse Arnhem, Chelsea snapped up the 20-year old for £8million, resisting any approaches by Ajax who had hoped to capture his signature before Chelsea came calling.
But what do we know about this future star? Firstly, he’s played a lot already. Developed through the Vitesse academy system and making his debut at 17-years old he certainly is not 'new' to the game.
He has all the attributes to make him a classic Dutch player; quick, strong, athletic with the ability to find the right pass and place in the net at the right time.
But it’s that last point that becomes most notable to Chelsea the most; being in the right place at the right time.
Chelsea currently possess one of the greatest box-to-box midfielders of his generation in Lampard and they have won numerous games through his ability to make a pass and then receive it later on in the move by bombing into the box unmarked.
Lampard recently became the club's all-time record goalscorer by doing just this.
Admittedly he was the club's first choice penalty taker as well, but he added so many goals to the club during this time because of this skill that few possess as good as he has done.
With Lampard entering his final season as a Chelsea player, Van Ginkel has all the attributes to take over from the Chelsea legend and put his own stamp on the club and Premier League for many years to come.
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