News last night that Patrick van Aanholt is expected to return to Chelsea when his month long loan is up.
Patrick van Aanholt – returning to Chelsea
We had hoped van Aanholt would be allowed to stay at Newcastle, but with Ashley Cole breaking his ankle this week, it’s not surprising the club would recall their young left-back.
So it would appear that any chance Newcastle had of extending Patrick’s loan at St James’ Park are over.
A Chelsea spokesman told the Evening Chronicle last night that the Dutchman is wanted back in London at the “earliest opportunity”.
Chris Hughton said last night :
“You have take into consideration what he is – he’s a 19-year-old player, and this is his first season (of first-team football).”
“He’s played quite a few games at Coventry earlier in the season, and he’s still a young, developing player.”
“When you take that into consideration, he hasn’t let us down.”
“I think there’s no doubt (Jose) Enrique’s having such a good season, that you’re going to miss him. He’s very powerful, and has a big influence on a game.”
“Patrick is a young man still very much learning the game, but he’s come in and he’s been able to hold his own at such a high level.”
Patrick’s final game at Newcastle will now be at Watford at the end of February so he has another 4 league games to play at Newcastle.
After that we would hope that Jose Enrique will be fit again, and if he’s not ready then Ryan Taylor and Tamas Kadar are two who can play at left back for us.
So this is not too big a deal really, but the lad has looked good enough in a Newcastle shirt, that he may be a future target for the Tyneside club – even this summer.