19 year-old Patrick van Aanholt’s loan from Chelsea is due to end after Newcastle’s game at Watford tomorrow.
Patrick van Aanholt – done well on Tyneside
And Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has said he will not bring in another left-back to fill in for Jose Enrique, but nevertheless would like to extend Patrick’s loan just a touch longer.
We have to think that’s for a week or two until Jose Enrique is again fully fit.
Chris said today:
“We’re assessing whether we’re able to keep him for just a touch longer,” “That’s what we’re deciding on at the moment and any dialogue towards that will happen.”
“He’s enjoyed it, very much. He’s come and played every game. He’s played in some big games and gained great experience.”
Spaniard Enrique is not fit enough for tomorrow’s game, but the good news is that Newcastle’s next three games are spread out a little, and take place on successive Saturdays.
That means Jose will not miss too many more games, and should be fit for next Saturday, when Newcastle are at home to Barnsley.
Chelsea played winger Florent Malouda at left-back in the San Siro on Wednesday night when Jose Mourinho’s Inter-Milan won the European Champions League tie 2-1.
We doubt if Chelsea would plunge Patrick straight into the first team, and they also have other young left-backs challenging for a first team start.
“We’ll be okay, any problems we feel we’d have in a certain position we could bring in an emergency loan,”
“It’s only if we get injuries we would look at that, though.”
If tomorrow is indeed Patrick’s last game for the club, we have to say the youngster has looked an outstanding prospect, and it’s youngsters like this we should be scouting, so we can get them young and fairly cheaply.
The Dutchman has certainly left a good impression from his time on Tyneside.