Why Van Ginkel needs more playing time

Udinese's Brazilian midfielder Guilherme dos Santos Torres (R) fights for the ball with AC Milan's midfielder Marco Van Ginkel of Netherland during the Serie A football match between AC Milan and Udinese  at San Siro Stadium in Milan on November 30, 2014. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE        (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Udinese’s Guilherme dos Santos Torres fights for the ball with Van Ginkel during the match between Milan and Udinese at San Siro in Milan on November 30, 2014. (GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

WITH MARCO Van Ginkel earning his second Serie A start in last week’s 2-0 win over Udinese and Riccardo Montolivo playing his first minutes since sustaining a broken fibula, one has to wonder where the young Dutchman is on Coach Filippo Inzaghi’s team sheet.

Having arrived at Milan on a loan with no option to buy, Van Ginkel’s arrival was not well-received by the Rossoneri faithful as the lack of an option for a permanent move implied that Milan were a feeder club. There is, however, a reason that Chelsea are so keen on the youngster.

With Inzaghi starting to integrate him into the squad, Van Ginkel has begun to show what he can do. Although his ascendancy to the starting lineup has been anything but meteoric, Van Ginkel should be a lock for the starting XI as Montolivo gets back to full match fitness. At the very least, he should be the first player to come off of the bench for the Rossoneri.

A self-described box-to-box midfielder, Van Ginkel can play any position in the midfield. His dynamic playing style has drawn him comparison to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. He is comfortable with both feet and seeks to contribute on both ends of the pitch. Completing 61 out of his 64 attempted passes against Udinese, the 22-year-old has shown his ability to accurately play passes after successfully breaking up attacks. Combine these traits with his intelligent runs and his eye for goal, it becomes apparent that Van Ginkel has all the tools necessary to make a real superstar.

But where does he figure into Inzaghi’s plans? Short of making him fall in love with the club, Milan will have to shell out a decent sum to keep the coveted starlet at the San Siro. That being said, the Diavolo have been juggling different rotations with their lineup, with no player having started in all of Milan’s 12 Serie A matches so far. Having been forced to work without Montolivo, the Rossoneri have sought to involve Sulley Muntari and Andrea Poli. With Poli being left on the fringe in terms of minutes played and Muntari playing poor, Milan’s most consistent midfielders have been Nigel De Jong and Giacomo Bonaventura, with the latter thriving in a deeper role. This leaves the right midfield spot up for grabs and it seems as though after his display against Udinese, Inzaghi is tipped to play Van Ginkel in the that spot.

As Montolivo is nearing full recovery, Milan will soon have four solid midfielders that can provide a unique blend of attacking and defending. With this stable core, Milan should be able to field any combination of the four to devastating effect. With rumors swirling that Chelsea might recall Van Ginkel from loan in January and with Milan in good position to stake an early claim on a Champions League spot, it would be wise for Inzaghi to make the most out of the loanee and to continue giving Marco Van Ginkel minutes.

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AGREED nuff said


Why should milan play him, i agreed he is probbly one of the best midfilers in milan and a lineup with montolivio,dej jong, ginkel. would be verry solid.
But he is leaving, january or summer, he dont want to stay in milan, there is no buyout clausul for milan to buy. Whats the point, giving him playing time, when he is going to live anyways, rather give saponara, boneventura,poli chances.


I completely agree wid u I would like Bonaventura in for Van Ginkel


Great post. ….sad there was no option to buy


I personally like Van Ginkel, but i would rather give Saponara the minutes to gain confidence since he is a player that belongs to Milan.


Are we gonna be giving players games to gain confidence or are we supposed to play games to win?? If the players still need to gain confidence then the should do that during preseason and not when we are in a competition ..van ginkel should get more playing time to help us win games●


Saponara can win us games and might in fact do better than Van Ginkel, since he is familiar with the Italian league . Inzaghi needs to play him with continuity. The way he played last season’s derby with Inter and that volley goal he scored in that friendly match against Renate are a great example of what he can do.


@dindudre. We are looking at the bigger picture here.

Raphael Minter

Hello fellow milanistas, we should think about winning matches now, not keeping players, if he can help us win and qualify the Champions league, then why not. We play to win not to gain confidence and keep players. Forsake Milan.


He gave some innocuous pass and now we are singing his praise?! Cristante is better than this Chelsea kid by a margin. Shameless Galliani!


i actually think both parties are right…..but if we arr to experiment den we myt miss out on a bigger source of revenue for next season…which os champions league money…..nd i dont fink chelsea would ever let him go on a cheap…..but with quality rotation both players can get quality playing timw


We need to get into the Champions League, that is the big picture. Champions League = more money. Van Ginkel can help us do that more that Saponara right now.


For once, i can see both sides of this argument. Whilst we do want to develop our players long term, we do need to win too. Champions league supports our long term ambitions. Its a difficult choice.


Here’s the big picture, do we want to build a couple young players’ confidence, or the whole club’s and fan’s confidence. Of course we’d all love to develop our young players but qualifying for the UCL brings money and confidence for all involved parties. We can’t go another year without Europe because it will crush us in regards to finances, confidence, hope, and some fan support.


i would like to write a fan article. does anyone know how to do it? plz let me know


Even if he doesn’t have a buyout clause, I think we still have a chance to keep him beyond this season. If you look at Chelsea’s midfield, you’ll see where Van Ginkel would stand. Oscar, Matic, Willian, Fabregas are pretty much thriving, with Hazard fixed on the flanks. Plus they have Schurrle, Ramires, Salah on the bench. If Van Ginkel can’t cement a spot in Milan’s midfield, then it would be even harder to do so in Chelsea next season (if they don’t buy anymore midfielders). And I kinda get annoyed with the people who still cries for Cristante. I… Read more »

peter kenyon

any player that feels he need confidence should go out on loan. for now what we need is win win and win. get the points. as many as we can.


disguised_fellow,I’m totally with you.Van Ginkel can offer us something at the both ends of the pitch much more than Saponara who only attacks but can’t defend(disadvantage)unlike Van Ginkel.We now have hope for finance from the sponsorship with the Emirates Airline+UCL qualification money,I think with that we can afford a permanent transfer for Van Ginkel. I believe the lad will push for a permanent move to Milan if: 1)He gets enough playing style. 2)De Jong alongside him in Milan. 3)UCL qualification 4)Looks at Chelsea’s over packed midfield and finds no space. 5)The history between the Dutch players and Milan. 6)Loved by… Read more »


I don’t believe Van Ginkel would do better than Saponara if given a chance at lease ahead of Muntari for quality sake. I purposely watched Saponara at Empoli from the moment i realised he was coming to Milan and let’s not fool ourselves, Saponara is a fantastic, quality player and lad. His weak point was his work rate but Inzaghi could improve that and make him an inevitable player for Milan.

Van Ginkle in the last game has proved that nothing is better than quality and i hope Inzaghi is quick enough to realize this.