Just how important is Marco Van Ginkel to Chelsea?
It seems odd that with such a wealth of talent in their ranks that manager Jose Mourinho was reluctant to let the player go out on loan during the summer, despite calls from former Arsenal midfielder and current Director at Ajax, Marc Overmars insisting a loan to the Dutch club would have been better for both the Blues and the player.
Overmars revealed that the 20-year-old wanted to join the Dutch champions to gain more first-team experience, after concerns he might not feature very much this season, but the London side refused to let him go, blocking a last minute deal.
Van Ginkel has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League this season, but the fact that the move was blocked suggests that Mourinho has big plans for the player who has twice been capped by the Netherlands.
Overmars told, Dutch paper, De Telegraaf: "He made no mistake, because he really wanted to come to Ajax, but Chelsea did not let him.
"We tried to get him on loan in this transfer window but unfortunately Chelsea would not let him go.
"Would it have been better for his development to go to Ajax? Yes, 1000 per cent."
Ajax have scouted the player for some time and when Van Ginkel signed for the Blues in July for a reported fee of around £8 million from Dutch side Vitesse, it is thought that a loan deal might still have be possible due to the high number of quality midfielders on the books at Stamford Bridge.
Whether or noty any move would have been beneficial remains to be seen, but from the snippets I’ve seen of Van Ginkel this season he looks an accomplished, young pro who reads the game very well, indeed I’ve heard several people say that he could be groomed into the next Frank Lampard and make that central midfield place his own over time.
Whether that happens or not is another story, but with Mourinho seeing enough in him to both buy and retain his services and a player with the calibre of Overmars touting him, he can be too bad, can he?
Chelsea fans, what do you think, is Mourinho right to block a move for the talented midfielder or should he have let him go to Ajax and further develop?