Patrick van Aanholt deserves Chelsea chance

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In 2010 under former Blues boss Carlo Ancelloti, Patrick van Aanholt had been given his chance to impress in the Chelsea first-team.

The Dutchman performed reasonably well, memorably grabbing a goal against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, in his limited opportunities caused by the ever-present, Ashley Cole.

However a couple of years down the line and Chelsea's on-loan starlet is really starting to flourish in his homeland; and now with Cole's contract expiring in the summer, the question must be asked as to whether he will receive his chance again for the long-term.

The 23-year-old is blessed with electric pace and the typically brilliant Dutch technical ability; that coupled with his imposing physique makes for a more than desirable choice as a replacement for the current Blues no.3.

In Saturday night's crucial Eredivisie clash between PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arhnem, the no.38 managed to notch a goal and a brace of assists, consequently firing Vitesse back to the top of the table in a 2-6 drubbing for the home side.

Van Aanholt - on loan at Vitesse with five other Chelsea loanees - produced the display that the Chelsea scouting staff would have been demanding.

Not only did he weigh in with his attacking contributions, but he showed faultless composure and anticipation at left-back when snuffing out PSV's attacks early in the second half when the tie was locked in stalemate at 1-1, occasionally stepping out of defence, when need be, to intercept potentially dangerous passes.

The inevitable question would be; where does Ryan Bertrand slot in? The fact of the matter is that Bertrand - through no fault of his own - has not played the necessary time required for himself to come into a team like Chelsea, under a manager like Mourinho.

Meanwhile, the former PSV youngster has spent seasons on loan at various clubs, ranging from Newcastle to Coventry, England to Holland, slowly earning the vital minutes and experience needed.

With the pending introduction of Financial Fair Play - it is crucial that the Chelsea hierarchy do not invest heavily on another left-back once Cole has served his time, with increasing reports suggesting the west Londoners are preparing mammoth bids for Saints' promising Englishman, Luke Shaw, and Sevilla's Spanish international, Alberto Moreno.

They should however consider what they already have on their books, and utilise them accordingly.

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