Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt is hoping that he can make his mark at Stamford Bridge after completing an impressive campaign on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, who finished fourth in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The Dutchman has been loaned out several times during his Chelsea career but this spell has been his most successful by far as he established himself as a first-team regular at Vitesse which caught the attention of club advisor Piet de Visser, who believes the fullback may break into the Blues’ side sooner than people think.
Van Aanholt spoke to NuSport about his hopes for the future and his time at Vitesse:
“I move on with a good feeling.
“I have had a good season and just have to wait and see. A new coach, new chances.
“I have to be there on July 1 and then we have to wait. It depends whether the new coach believes in my qualities.
“If that doesn’t work out, I will go out on loan again.”
The 22-year-old has helped his club perform above expectations this season and unless he’s going to be given opportunities at a top club in a top league then I don’t think there’s much benefit of loaning him out again, it’d just be biding more time before deciding whether or not to put him into the first team squad or sell him.
Like Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand he has no problem getting up and down the flanks but is probably blessed with a bit more pace than either of them and should probably be afforded the chance to have a crack at them, especially as Cole is only signed up for a further season. Hopefully the youngster will give a good account of himself during the pre season tour.