Vitesse roundup - Keeping an eye on Cobham East

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

This is the first of what will hopefully be a series of regular articles with updates on what's happening with our second-favourite club, Vitesse.

Given that Chelsea currently has six players and a board member at Vitesse, it's high time that we introduce a new weekly(ish) article in which we take a closer look at what's going on in Arnhem.

Vitesse stands alone at the top

After the 3-0 home win over SC Cambuur, Vitesse is alone at the top of the table, two points clear of Ajax.  They travel to Eindhoven tomorrow to play Jeffrey Bruma and PSV (7:45PM GMT, 2:45PM EST)

Chigirinsky, Granovskaia attend match

"New" owner Alexander Chigirinsky was at the Gelredome this past weekend and was accompanied by none other than Chelsea board member Marina Granovskaia (managing director Joost de Wit is also pictured).  As we have previously covered, Granovskaia will be taking an active role in Arnhem.

Chelsea loans Vitesse 400 supporters (not really)

Sour grapes about Chelsea's partnership with Vitesse continue to abound in the Netherlands, and there was a pretty funny article a few weeks back poking fun at the relationship between the clubs.  De Speld is essentially the Dutch version of The Onion and their article went a little something like this -

Vitesse is loaning 400 talented supporters from Chelsea this winter. The London club wants the supporters, who have been thus far unable to secure tickets for matches at Stamford Bridge, to gain first-team experience cheering on a club live at the matches.

According to technical director Mohammed Allach, the supporters are between 18 and 23 years old, and will be used to provide some reinforcements for the Vitesse faithful - "We're at the top of the table, but we haven't been able to fill up Gelredome to one hundred percent capacity. Those empty seats are an eyesore, and we can guarantee the Chelsea supporters tickets and valuable experience being part of a matchday crowd. This solution with the loaning of supporters is therefore ideal for both teams."

Chelsea fan Kevin Davidson (19) actually does not feel like moving to the Gelderlands, but understands that it is good for his development - "At this point in my career, I just have to be at the stadium for 90 minutes a week. I know that, sometimes, in order to take a giant leap forward, you must first take a small step back."

Allach is not afraid that the arrival of the Chelsea supporters will hinder the development of young supporters from Arnhem, saying "there are barely any to worry about."

In the future, we'll likely have match reports, highlight videos, and some sort of graphic or table with each player's relevant statistics to date.  We also plan use this space to bring in some folks (Dutch Chelsea supporters, Vitesse supporters, Eredivisie journalists) for informal Q&A's, so let us know what questions you have, and we'll be sure to get them answered.

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