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Patrick van Aanholt joins Vitesse on loan for the remainder of the season

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PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Patrick van Aanholt of Chelsea during the Pre Season Friendly match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on July 16, 2011 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Patrick van Aanholt of Chelsea during the Pre Season Friendly match between Portsmouth and Chelsea at Fratton Park on July 16, 2011 in Portsmouth, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)
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Vitesse this morning released a statement confirming that dutch left back Patrick van Aanholt will be joining Vitesse on loan for the remainder of the campaign. While this is clearly a step back in terms of the overall quality of competition that PvA will be facing it will certainly involve the youngster getting regular playing time. Right now that is probably the most important factor in his development, so hopefully this allows Wigan to see what they were missing out on. PvA will be training will the club beginning tomorrow and will be available for selection as the Eredivisie resumes action this weekend.

For both Chelsea and Vitesse this is potentially a very good move. The addition of van Aanholt is going to make Vitesse that much more dangerous in the attack, and that will in turn help them as they push for a European spot next season. Having a spot in either Europa or the Champions League would make Vitesse a much more viable loan destination for our youngsters going forward. All told I really like this move and hope PvA really shines when he returns to the Netherlands. Best of luck Patrick, we'll be watching...