Discussing the comparison in the Dutch media, the 23-year-old—who is currently on loan at Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven—has insisted that he’s not bothered by the frequent references to the Canadian singing sensation.
“At PSV, I haven’t heard it,” van Ginkel began, speaking to De Telegraaf, “but at Chelsea, AC Milan and Stoke City it was mentioned frequently.
“It all started at Vitesse,” he continued, “it doesn’t bother me.”
Despite being a Dutch international—having made his debut in 2012—van Ginkel has wholly failed to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since moving to west London from Vitesse in 2013.
Indeed, he has made only four competitive outings for the Blues—of which only two have come in the Premier League—and has been sent out on loan to both AC Milan and Stoke City.
Currently on loan back in his homeland with PSV, it remains to be seen whether van Ginkel can establish himself at Chelsea, who have a litany of players on loan at various clubs around the world and are not short of options in the heart of the midfield.
Van Ginkel is a versatile player who can operate in front of the defence or as an attacking midfielder, and he is both comfortable on the ball and a dynamic box-to-box competitor who can contribute in breaking up the play as well.
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