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Youngster’s Return To Chelsea Should Not Impact Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • psb

    Feb 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #1

    Personally I don’t think he’s good enough for Chelsea. If Enrique is fit he’s not even good enough for us.

  • TheGallowgateEnd

    Feb 14, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree. Even Chrissy seemed a bit careful when making compliments to the lad. You know, ”he’s still young and blablabla”…

  • wickywoowoo

    Feb 14, 2010 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #3

    How awful was Enrique when he signed for us? He was 21 or something at the time. Van Aanholt has been twice the player Enrique was when he first signed and he is two years younger.

    I think people who are realistically knocking Van Aanholt either have a crush on Enrique or are deluded enough to believe Van Aanholt isn’t a good player.

    He is better than the holy Tamas Kadar. Have a seizure over that comment.

  • Fozzy

    Feb 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s over-rated in my opinion, but i wouldn’t mind him sitting on the bench for the rest of the season when Enrique is back for over.

  • Fozzy

    Feb 14, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #5


  • wickywoowoo

    Feb 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    He would be cover for both left back and left wing. He is the exact sort of player we should be looking at having for as long as possible.

    What do the “fans” think? He didn’t cost multiple millions so he isn’t good enough. Incredible.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 14, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    i would like to see him signed up on loan till the end of the season, you can’t have to much cover.

  • newcastle29

    Feb 14, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #8

    i also think he could do a job on the left wing in midfield!

  • jimiley

    Feb 14, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #9

    He’s better than a lot of the rubbish we have at the club. But we won’t miss him because we cannot have him. In a few years time he’ll be a big star. Too big for us but some of us are so blind we cannot see real talent. We think Kadar and Lua Lua are the way forward. Chelsea want the lad back but I bet they dont want Tamas and Loius Louis.

  • Sav

    Feb 15, 2010 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #10

    Van the Man carries a lot more threat than Danny Simpson and most of us were quite happy to see Simpson sign. I think the young Dutchman hjas shown a lot of confidence to get forward and have a pop. I wish him well and thanks.

  • Davies

    Feb 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Shame. I’d take him in a heatbeat. He’s young and seems a threat from anywhere on the field. He’s more than just a left back and could well grow to be one of the best in the business in the next few years.

  • Mr Books

    Feb 15, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Mixed bag for me, he does look decent when he gets forward, but his decision making has been poor in the back and middle of the park. He gives the ball away nearly as much as Nicky Butt.

    To be fair to the lad though, Enrique was exactly the same when he came in, and he hasn’t had time (in training, not just match time) to get a good understanding of the team around him. Fair do’s you could say the same about the other new signings, but all of those are more experienced, this lad is in his first season of first team football.

    He has good potential and may be a future star, but we are not talking about buying him here, we’re talking about extending his loan to the end of the season. Not really for me. When Enrique is fit again he will be first choice, we have a youngster who is still learning – i’d rather give our lad the experience if cover is needed for 1 or 2 matches than build up someone else’s team. We are allowed to bring in emergency loans, so if Enriques is crocked for a longer period again, I would rather bring in someone who is more experienced, even if they are sitting on a bench somewhere like Williamson was.


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