Chelsea FC Loan Roundup: 5/21/12

Sunday was the last day that any of our youngsters on loan will have the chance to play this season, so this will be the final one of these for the next few months. We'll get into season wrapups in the coming weeks, it will probably be a few days before you start seeing any though. Enough with that though, here's what went on over the past week:

  • Tomas Kalas - Kalas was a key member in Vitesse's two legged Europa playoff as Vitesse secured European play for next season. He scored the first goal of the first leg with a wonder strike, his first of the season. He was solid defensively for the 180 minutes and wrapped up his season nicely. It's widely expected that he'll return to Vitesse next season to lead them in their Europa campaign.
  • Patrick van Aanholt - PvA played the full 90 in the first leg, he did excellent work providing width on the attack. It was one of the better efforts I've seen from him this season. He sat the bench in the second leg as Vitesse opted to play conservatively and secure the European berth with a 3-1 aggregate lead and 3 away goals. All in all it was a great finish to a mildly disappointing loan spell.
  • Gael Kakuta - For whatever reason, Dijon decided to leave Kakuta off the squad yet again for their season finale. Dijon was crushed 5-0 by Rennes and subsequently relegated.

That's it...no more of these for the foreseeable future. I'd imagine the next one you'll see will be after the early qualifying rounds of next season's Europa campaign, so don't hold your breath in anticipation or you'll likely pass out. All told, the Chelsea youth gained about 25,000 minutes of game experience on their loan spells this season. Not bad...hopefully we'll see even more next season.

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