Despite not making the 23 man roster for Louis Van Gaal’s Netherlands at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Chelsea FC youngster Marco Van Ginkel has had a successful summer following surgery to repair cruciate ligament damage sustained just 4 games into last season.
THe 21 year old midfielder was invited to train with the Dutch side in May, and showed some success with the team, yet was just not quite experienced enough to warrant a roster spot for the trip to Brazil.
Van Ginkel was not just sitting about this summer though, the young Dutchman had a successful campaign as the captain of the Dutch Under 21 side. That team has made a successful tart to European Championship qualification with 5 wins and a draw. They are one win away from clinching a spot in the playoff for the finals.
In the summer I did some extra work as well, especially on my right leg for the knee and now it is much better. ‘I am feeling good. I took a rest for maybe one week and then I started doing some exercises.”- Van Ginkel tells the Chelsea FC website
Chelsea’s preseason fixtures begin next week, and with them begins the long road for young players hoping to make the First Team. Van Ginkel and others will have plenty of time to impress, as many of their club compatriots who took part in the World Cup in Brazil will be on holiday until the main portion of pre-season training.
In the limited time we saw him last year, MvG impressed many supporters. However with the addition of Cesc Fabregas to an already crowded midfield, it will be interesting to see how much first team action Marco gets. Personally, I would like to see him given some first team action as often as possible. I could see him being a key player in any ‘lesser’ competitions Chelsea may be in, most notably the League Cup. Seeing as the Premier League and Champions League are the two bigger targets for Chelsea this season, we may see younger players who are not sent on loan given roles in the domestic cup campaigns.
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