Saturday, 16 October 2010

Most Promising Footballers in the World - No.3

Next up on our list, another promising defender from the Chelsea youth set up, supporting Carlo Ancelotti's theory that the current Chelsea squad do not need strengthening externally...

Patrick van Aanholt

Age: 20
Position: Left Back, Centre Back
Claim to fame: Made his Chelsea first team debut aged just 19

Having already established himself as a key member of the Chelsea youth team since joining from PSV Eindhoven in 2007. After loan spells in the Championship with Coventry City and Newcastle United, the 20 year old caught the eye of coach Carlo Ancelotti, making his first team debut towards the end of last season, against Aston Villa.

Van Aanholt’s versatility, being capable at playing both left back and centre back, is one of his greatest assets, along with his passing and tough tackling. He has been capped at Netherlands under 21 level, and looks a sure thing for the future.

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