Dutch Football Talent Scout
Date of Birth: 1-12-1991
Club: Vitesse Arnhem
A new era for Dutch Football club:Vitesse would start, the club had been fighting an on-going financial battle, and was on the verge of bankruptcy. A Georgian angel descended from the skies, and brought along a big bag of money. Merab Jordania took over Vitesse and covered it’s debt with his own money.
It was the first Dutch club ever that fell into the hands of a foreign owner. The public opinions were quite skeptical and cries started concerning the destruction of Dutch football and Vitesse turning into a billionaire’s toy. Due to the link of Jordania and Abramovich, many convicted Vitesse as a Chelsea’s satellite club in favour of the club from London. Jordania disapproved the argument by stating: “Roman is just a friend, he supports my decision, but purely as a fan.”
Jordania had big plans with Vitesse, the Georgian owner underlined this with a very bald statement:
“ Within three years, I will turn Vitesse into the Dutch league champions. Give me a couple of days, I will spend money on young talented players, in order to fulfill my promise.”
And money was spent all right; many players were left on the side to make way for all the talented young players Jordania had promised. But there was one local pesky boy, who refused to be dumped like old trash; the boy went by the name of Marco van Ginkel.
Thus surviving the exodus, and the star of van Ginkel would soon rise to great heights. The youngster made his debut on 14th of April 2010, a few months later he could finally celebrate his first league goal for Vitesse. The midfielder scored against Ajax in the Arena.
The following seasons, he would establish himself in the first eleven, so far van Ginkel has made a total of 87 league appearances and scored 17 goals.
Abilities – Strengths – Style
Marco van Ginkel is a versatile midfielder capable of taking on both defensive and offensive roles on the midfield. He combines his hard-working mentality well with great basic technique. Quite often positioned as a defensive midfielder, he likes to surge forward and assist his attacking partners. He does this quite well, with already 17 goals in 87 appearances; van Ginkel has displayed an impressive feat for a midfielder.
van Ginkel is a prime example of a modern midfielder; pace, strength, and stamina. When bursting through the midfield, he has spatial awareness, great passing, precise and hard shot and a strong header to cause havoc to the enemy defensive line.
The star of van Ginkel is obviously outshined by his teammate Wilfried Bony, but the youngster is slowly taking the forefront. His most recent game, he provided 2 assists on Bony, and scored one ensuring a glamorous victory over ADO-Den Haag.
Even though still only 19 years old, the midfielder made his international debut on November 9 2012 against Germany. Van Ginkel is a rising Dutch super star and Vitesse have a real gem in their squad.
This winter transfer period, FC Twente was allegedly interested in signing van Ginkel to replace Leroy Fer. The latter was close to a deal with Everton, but due to changing terms, FC Twente blew off the deal.
Marco van Ginkel is linked to Ajax, the young midfielder is expected to replace the captain: Siem de Jong. However Vitesse director Ted van Leeuwen refuses to sell to Ajax as he stated in de Telegraaf. The player is quite enthusiastic about a potential move. ” I want to play more senior caps for my country, and I feel that I’m able to show myself on a higher level at Ajax.”
Now that the season is over, the rumour mill is on full power. Like we earlier mentioned the connection between Jordania and Chelsea owner Abramovich, the young midfielder is now linked to Chelsea, according to Voetbalzone is it stated that the two parties have reached an agreement, the deal is likely to take place after the European -21 championships.
De Telegraaf have reported that both parties have agreed on a bid of €8.5m.