Chelsea loaning Marco van Ginkel to Newcastle would be a great move for all parties

Marco Van Ginkel

Chelsea midfielder van Ginkel has been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

The Daily Mail has claimed that Newcastle will look to sign van Ginkel on a loan deal this summer, when Steve McClaren is formally appointed new head coach.

The Dutch playmaker has struggled since his move to Chelsea in 2013, with an injury in his first campaign ruling him out for much of the season, before joining AC Milan on loan last summer.

He failed to make an impact upon the first-team set-up immediately following his arrival, but he ended the season with 18 appearances, scoring one goal and registering three assists.

Chelsea are sure to loan him out again next term, and they are going to want the 22-year-old to be at a club where they can keep a close eye on his development, and ensure that he is playing enough competitive football to keep progressing.

That is why Newcastle looks like such a great proposition, but it would not just be the Blues and van Ginkel himself benefiting - with the Magpies sure to improve with a player of the Dutch international’s quality.

Newcastle have been missing a playmaking number 10 since Yohan Cabaye left to join PSG in 2014, with Moussa Sissoko the most frequent selection in that role - despite his clear limitations.

Van Ginkel is a like-for-like replacement for Cabaye, with him praised for his passing ability and vision in the final third of the pitch. He pitches in with his fair share of goals - netting 23 in 111 games for Vitesse - but it his his ability to control a game that makes him a top level player.

The Magpies have missed this ability since Cabaye left the club, and with the impending arrival of Steve McClaren as head coach, the absence of a ball-playing midfielder would be costly.

The English coach favours technical play, with a desire to keep the ball on the floor, and that is the style in which van Ginkel has been brought up in.

Van Ginkel would benefit from playing in that system, Chelsea would benefit as their star prospect would develop in the Premier League, and Newcastle would have a years worth of service of a player who directly suits their system.

All-in-all, a loan move to Newcastle would be great for van Ginkel, and it would come as no surprise to see both clubs agree to such a deal if the Magpies formalise their interest this summer.

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