Dutch publication Algemeen Dagblad is reporting that Chelsea’s 22 year-old Dutch International central midfielder Marco van Ginkel is interesting the Magpies, and Newcastle have been scouting the Dutch market since the success of £5M signing Daryl Janmaat last summer – with Daryl easily being our best player last season, and also showing some real leadership skills.
Marco van Ginkel – interesting Newcastle
Newcastle already have four Dutchmen at the club in Tim Krul, Vurnon Anita and Siem de Jong as well as Janmaat, and we could be adding to that number this summer, with giant Dutch striker Bas Dost of Wolfsburg also interesting Newcastle.
The 22 year-old van Ginkel stands 6’1″ tall and was at Vitesse before signing for Chelsea two years ago for £8M, and he was on loan last season at AC Milan.
It could well be that Jose Mourinho sends him out on loan this season too – but this time to a Premier League club.
While at Vitesse, who he joined when he was he was just six years old and left when he was just 20 – he played a total of 41 times with two goals.
He’s played 4 times for the Chelsea first team when he first joined the club two years ago, and he played 18 times on loan last season at AC Milan.
Marco had a difficult time of it in the first half of last season in Italy, but he came through well over the second half of the season, and will have learned a lot from that experience.
The report suggests that Newcastle could bring this lad in on loan for the season, with a view to making the move permanent at the end of the season,
But head coach Steve McClaren could also try to bring him on a permanent deal this summer.
Newcastle have never replaced Yohan Cabaye since he left us eighteen months ago for the big money at PSG and his career has since been in decline – so bringing this lad in now wouldn’t seem to be too much of a risk.
Marco is an excellent technical player who made his debut for Vitesse when he was only 17.
Newcastle have to show their ambition at some stage this season, and we have enough money to spend – that’s for sure.
So putting in a reasonable bid for this youngster – who is the classic bob-to-box midfielder who can also score goals – wouldn’t be that much of a risk.
Marco van Ginkel has certainly got the talent, and will only improve as he plays in the Newcastle first team.
What do you think?