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Vitesse Arnhem roundup: 30 October 2014

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

While Vitesse missed an opportunity to climb into the top-four this past weekend, the club's unbeaten streak remained intact, and including domestic cup matches, now sits at eight games.

A Marko Vejinovic brace helped Vitesse build a 2-1 lead against NAC Breda, but as Vitesse is wont to do, the club conceded late, thanks to a defensive blunder. Goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen badly misjudged a long free-kick, allowing NAC to steal a point at the Gelredome.

The club got back on track with a 2-1 victory in the domestic cup over FC Dordrecht, and will compete in the fourth round of the competition in November. Vitesse was eliminated by Roda JC in the fourth round last season, and the club will expect to make a deeper run this time around.

Wallace broke his hand (specifically, the metacarpal) during the NAC Breda match, but still managed to play the full 90. He missed the domestic cup match on Tuesday, and if he's comfortable playing in a cast, I'd expect to see him back in the starting lineup this weekend.

Bertrand Traore continues to play well on the right wing, and I'm especially high on the nineteen year old's prospects of earning first-team minutes in the future (not anytime soon, mind).

As the aptly-named resident youth expert, @chelseayouth, explains, "Both have been lively if slightly inconsistent this season but are amongst the better Vitesse performers." (you can find his comprehensive loan report at The Chels)

Match highlights from 2-2 draw with NAC

Josh McEachran update

Josh McEachran picked up an ankle injury earlier this month and spent some time back in England receiving treatment. Prior to his injury, he had only managed to earn thirty-five Eredivisie minutes, and had been playing quite a bit with the Vitesse reserves.

McEachran wasn't in contention for significant first-team minutes prior to the injury and will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to convince Peter Bosz, either through training or with the reserves, that he can make a significant contribution to the first team.

Tomas Kalas visits his old club

Tomas Kalas recently visited the Gelredome and gave a very interesting interview to Vitesse TV. He seems visibly disappointed with how his loan to FC Koln has gone thus far, and genuinely misses Vitesse.

The twenty-one year old defender spent two seasons at Vitesse, and admits that he would've loved to stay in Arnhem, but Chelsea called him back. Previously, Kalas specifically highlighted how his time at Vitesse helped him develop into an Ivanovician hybrid who can play at both centre back and right back.

Reading between the lines, Vitesse could certainly use all the defensive help it can get, and while a return to Vitesse might seem like a step back Kalas in terms of his development, spending the second half of the season helping Vitesse make a push for European football would seem a much better option than sitting on the bench in Germany or in England.

Next up for Vitesse is FC Utrecht on Sunday at 11.30 GMT.

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