The summer transfer window is still here, meaning that transfer business is still ongoing. It’s good to see Chelsea finally acting, and not just eyeing. We snapped up Tiemoue Bakayoko on Saturday, our second major signing after Antonio Rudiger. If we keep this up, we may get another big name soon, hopefully our dream striker that will fill in the void left by a very likely Diego Costa departure.
Transfer business for us hasn’t been all about incoming players, we’ve also had a couple of names leave Chelsea, either on loan or outright sales. The latest player to leave is Marco van Ginkel. The lad joined for a small fee in 2013, and hasn’t had much chance since the terrible injury he suffered early in his Chelsea career. He made some cameos, but nothing regular, and his little injury lay off some seasons ago didn’t help either. He’s been loaned out to PSV Eindhoven for the rest of the season, and I think he needed to leave Chelsea, but an outright sale would have been perfect.
He is not a bad player, but he’s not the type to thrive at Chelsea. Chelsea is a big club for big players, and unless you fit that profile, it’s always difficult to excel at the club. Van Ginkel has been with us for 4 years, without a real first team chance, and it would have been fair for the Chelsea management to have totally let him go. I’m not saying this because I think he’s just too poor; I’m saying it because he’s not a bad player, and I believe that he can be happier elsewhere. Chelsea sending him out on loan deals every season will only hamper his growth.
The reason why some players do not succeed while out on loan is because they have no peace of mind; some loan deals could be quite unsettling, and if your heart isn’t set out right, you’d always struggle no matter what. I feel like that may be the exact thing Van Ginkel is going through.
Chelsea need to let him leave, so he can be where he really wants to be. To think that we’ve had offers for him rejected is even more baffling for me. We haven’t made use of the man in years, so why not let him go? Hopefully someone who matters at the Bridge is thinking exactly like me, and this will be the last loan deal negotiated on his behalf.
Van Ginkel will be 25 in December and it’s only right the club lets him decide his future with his own hands.