Chelsea will be adding another full international to its roster on Tuesday when Patrick van Aanholt suits up for the Netherlands in a friendly against Colombia.
The announcement was made on the KNVB (Dutch FA) website and van Aanholt will be providing some much-needed depth after fellow left-backs Bruno Martins Indi and Jetro Willems were beset with recent injuries.
Van Aanholt's call-up is, first and foremost, indicative of the hard work that the 23-year-old has put in over the years.
However, it also serves as further evidence that the partnership with Vitesse affords our loanees a great chance of maximising their development curves by providing them with the opportunity to play first-team football (Matej Delac excepted). As van Aanholt himself has said, "Vitesse made a commitment to actually use me, and I need to play. It's as simple as that."
In another interview, he said, "I want to go to the Word Cup, that's why I did not consider going to an English club." While this call-up does not mean that he will automatically be part of the squad that Louis van Gaal takes to Rio this summer, van Aanholt now has the opportunity to prove that he can make positive contributions to the team.
In a perfect world, van Aanholt would seize the moment against Colombia and replace the Wally Pipp's who are currently patrolling the Dutch left flank, but regardless of what happens during the game, congratulations Patrick on a well-deserved honour, and we look forward to watching you on Tuesday.
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