It took a while, but as we told you on the 28th May (http://justchelsea.com/mourinho-set-to-make-young-dutch-star-his-first-signing-for-chelsea/6128 ), Chelsea have signed Marco Van Ginkel from Vitesse for a fee of £9 million pounds.
We were not the only club interested in the young starlet, but assurances from Jose Mourinho seem to have sway van Ginkel’s decision. Mourinho informed the young Dutch midfielder that he would have substantial game time this season as we look to develop a natural successor to Frank Lampard. Lampard can’t go on forever, and now is the time to consider replacements. They are huge shoes to fill, but van Ginkel certainly has the potential to do so.
Van Ginkel made his international debut against Germany last year, and since then he has gone on from strength to strength. With 8 goals in 33 appearances last season, van Ginkel has aspirations of making the world cup squad in 2014. This is why Mourinho’s reassurances were needed – van Ginkel would never make the squad if he was barely getting on the pitch for his club. Thankfully, the player has been sufficiently convinced of his perceived value to Chelsea, and worries that he might languish on the bench or be loaned out like Marin and Lukaku have been put at ease.
As we spoke about recently, if Mourinho is to build a legacy at Chelsea, he must be given time. So far, the signings of van Ginkel and Schurrle indicate that this will indeed be the case. Both players will need game-time to find their feet and develop in to the huge players for us that they can be. This may mean playing them more often than we would like, but it is so that we reap the rewards in years to come. If anyone can bring these kinds of talents through without sacrificing results, it’s Mourinho, but we must be patient if it takes some time to gel. Van Ginkel could become an incredibly valuable asset to Chelsea – but we must give him time. Welcome to Chelsea, Marco.
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