Chelsea’s Marco van Ginkel an unused sub for tenth time in Milan loss

The Dutch midfielder has only played twice this season for the Rossoneri, with his deal at the San Siro certainly not helping the player develop.

The last 18 months have been a real rollercoaster in the young career of Chelsea and Holland midfielder Marco van Ginkel.

After excelling at Vitesse Arnhem, the 22-year-old signed for the Stamford Bridge club last summer and a number of impressive early season performances had the Blues fans excited about the Dutchman’s future at the club.

However, fast forward 18 months and Van Ginkel’s fortunes have drastically plummeted.

After suffering serious injury that kept him on the sidelines for the rest of last term and forced him to miss potential inclusion at the World Cup, Jose Mourinho’s men have since signed Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic - blocking his route back into the side’s starting XI.

A loan spell at AC Milan this season has been fruitless so far, as an ankle injury blighted his progress and he has only played twice in Serie A for the Rossoneri this season.

As Filippo Inzaghi’s men slumped to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Atalanta on Sunday, Van Ginkel was an unused substitute, despite Milan bringing three players off the bench in the game.

This was the tenth time this season that the Dutchman has been available, in the match day squad but not used.

Chelsea will surely have grave concerns over Van Ginkel’s stagnation at Milan, but with little chance of him getting an opportunity to play in West London, the immediate future is looking decidedly less bright for the Netherlands international.

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