Patrick van Aanholt
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|Patrick van Aanholt|
|Full Name||Patrick van Aanholt|
|Date of Birth||29 August 1990|
|Place of Birth||Den Bosch, Netherlands|
|Chelsea career||2007 - 2014|
|Debut||24 March 2010|
|Games (goals)||8 (1)|
|Other clubs|| PSV Eindhoven |
Coventry City (loan)
Newcastle United (loan)
Leicester City (loan)
Wigan Athletic (loan)
Vitesse Arnhem (loan)
Patrick van Aanholt (born 29 August 1990) is a Dutch defender who was at Chelsea from 2007 until 2014. A left back who joined as a teenager from PSV Eindhoven, he spent most of his time at the club on loan and made eight appearances for the Chelsea first team, scoring once. He joined Sunderland in the summer of 2014.
Patrick signed for Chelsea from PSV Eindhoven in 2007 after impressing at the UEFA European Under-17 Championships of that spring. He was widely rated as one of the best young players in the entire country and signed on as a future professional, as he was due to turn 17 three months after moving.
Arriving as a second-year scholar, first impressions of him were that he was incredibly versatile. Able to line up at left-back, centre-back, or a number of midfield roles, he took part in Under-18 pre-season games but seamlessly slotted into the left-back slot in the Reserve team come the season start.
In either position, he had a wonderful first year in England. He announced himself in some style, scoring a stunning 30-yard strike against Derby County in September, before signing professional terms.
A loan spell at Coventry City for 2009-10 went a long way to developing his game, and whilst his spell at Highfield Road wasn't renewed despite some good performances, he earned a second spell in The Championship at Newcastle. An ever-present during his spell, he has shown he can compete at England's second level, and will be keen to show that he can offer cover for the injured Ashley Cole upon his return to Chelsea.
He was assigned the number 52 shirt and had his first matchday involvement with the senior team for the FA Cup Fourth Round tie away to Preston in January 2010. In March 2010 he made his senior debut against Portsmouth, replacing Yury Zhirkov as a second half substitute, and made his home debut three days later, replacing the same player in a 7-1 win against Aston Villa.
A member of the first-team squad for 2010-11, Patrick made his first appearance of the campaign as a late substitute in the Champions League tie away to MSK Zilina, and followed it a week later with his full debut, starting against Newcastle United in the 3rd Round of the Carling Cup. He opened the scoring with a sixth minute goal and later laid on an assist for Nicolas Anelka.
In January 2011, Patrick went on loan to Leicester City for the remainder of the season. He made 12 appearances and scored 1 goal before returning to Chelsea in the summer. On Transfer Deadline Day August 2011 he joined Wigan Athletic for the season, but after making a handful of early appearances was continually left out of matchday squads by Roberto Martinez as 2011 drew to a close.
In January 2012, he joined Vitesse Arnhem on loan until the end of the season. He made ten appearances and renewed his stay there for the entire 2012-13 season. During the 12-13 campaign, he asserted himself as one of the best left-backs in the Eredivisie, making a regular impact and earning consideration for a full Dutch national call-up. He scored his first league goal for Vitesse in a 3-2 win over Ajax in mid-season, and rounded out his stay by helping the club qualify for the Europa League for a second straight year.
His career continued to progress with a third spell at Vitesse for 2013-14 and, now established as the first choice left-back, began to make considerable headlines. One of the team's best players in the first half of the season, he scored four goals and made his Dutch national team debut. The club's struggles post-Christmas however saw him lose his place in the team for a month and the season ended with him all but confirming he would not be returning there in any future capacity.
With Chelsea having signed Filipe Luís to replace the departing Ashley Cole ahead of the 2014-15 season, and van Aanholt by now aged 23, it was clear that his chances of breaking into the first team were as distant as ever, and he was sold to Sunderland – managed by Gustavo Poyet – for an undisclosed fee in July 2014. 
Patrick is an experienced representative of the Holland national team at every level from Under-16 to Under-21 and was a regular member of the Jong Oranje. During 2011 a dispute with manager Cor Pot saw his involvement taper off but the duo made up and he once again became a consistent member of the squad, being named in their finals party for the 2013 European Under-21 Championships.
In November 2013 he received a late call-up to the Dutch senior squad for a friendly against Colombia and, a day after becoming a father for the first time, made his full international debut as a last-minute substitute. He was then included in the provisional 30-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup but failed to make the cut down to the final 23.
Youth, Reserve and Under-21 Football
Senior Club Football (while at Chelsea)
|Season||Club||Prem||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|2009-10||Coventry City (loan)||20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||20||0|
|2009-10||Newcastle United (loan)||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||7||0|
|2010-11||Leicester City (loan)||12||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||1|
|2011-12||Wigan Athletic (loan)||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||4||0|
|Total||All clubs including loans||114||5||8||1||2||1||10||1||0||0||134||8|
|1||2010-11||22 September||2010||League Cup||Newcastle United||1-0||3-4||Stamford Bridge|