Following his brief rise to Chelsea starter and subsequent banishment to the outer rim planets by interim manager Guus Hiddink in the second-half of last season, former New York Red Bulls center back Matt Miazga’s summer transfer window deadline-day loan move to Vitesse meant that it took him some time to actually break into the starting eleven. When he eventually did, he played well, but unfortunately his inclusion in the side coincided with a poor run of form, leading to him being dropped. Credit to the Polish-American youngster, he continued to work hard and waited for his chance, which presented itself in the form of a recurring injury to second-choice center back, Maikel van der Werff.
Miazga has been one of the first names on the Vitesse team sheet ever since, putting in quality displays game after game and showing marked improvement in just a short time in his passing and ability on the ball as well. His level may well be above Vitesse at this point, and that certainly seems the be thinking of the Chelsea braintrust, who apparently would like to find a higher-level loan for him next season.
According to Goal UK, Miazga had offers from two Premier League clubs last summer as well as La Liga side Espanyol, all of which stalled and ultimately collapsed due to David Luiz’s eleventh-hour move (Miazga was kept around just in case we failed to sign a center-back), thus leaving Vitesse as the only option. But as a result of his showings this season, top-tier Eredivisie clubs such as Feyenoord and PSV are now interested — both of whom have European football to offer (Champions League and Europa League, respectively).
Of course, it’s still early days as far as next season’s loans are concerned but the fact that the previous two Dutch champions are interested in Miazga can only be a good sign. Returning to Chelsea next season doesn’t seem to be on the cards for the 21-year-old just yet, so hopefully he can get a loan sorted in time to join his new teammates in time for pre-season.