Chelsea loan stars help turn Vitesse into title contenders

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Tomas Kalas, Patrick Van Aanholt and Gael Kakuta have become regulars in the Dutch side, who are level on points with Twente at the top of the Eredivisie.

With De Bruyne at Werder Bremen, Courtois at Atletico Madrid and Lukaku at West Brom, adding in the three players at Vitesse Arnhem takes you over half way to a full team of Chelsea players that are impressing out on loan.

Whilst the former three have taken the headlines for their performances, the three youngsters in the Netherlands have been vital to their side’s excellent recent form, which has moved them right into contention for the Eredivisie title.

Currently Vitesse are second in the league, but they are level on points with Twente, with their +19 goal difference one worse than the league leaders. Vitesse have won four of their last five games, including impressive away wins at both Ajax and PSV Eindhoven.

At the club, the absolute standout performer has been Wilfried Bony, with the Ivorian striker scoring fifteen goals in fifteen league appearances so far this season. Bony has been linked with a move to Chelsea, and you'd expect their relationship with Vitesse might aid them in such a move.

Chelsea have sent out Patrick van Aanholt, Tomas Kalas and Gael Kakuta on a season long long to the Dutch club. The former pair have been integral to the Vitesse defence all season, only missing one match between them. Kalas, who arrived at the club as a centre back, has been playing at right back, with van Aarnholt his equivalent on the left flank.

Kakuta has come into the side in recent weeks, having had problems at the start of his period at Vitesse. Having missed training session, the French midfielder was often left out of matches as a result.

However the youngster has turned it around, and has now become an important player for the side, perhaps giving an indication he may be able to have an impact at his parent club one day.

Whatever your views on Chelsea's loan policy, there's no arguing with the fact that they have plenty of players getting excellent first team experience.

Whilst a couple of those players should perhaps be getting that experience at Chelsea, the three at Vitesse look ideally placed to enhance their reputations and contribute to the Dutch clubs success this season.

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