Vitesse Arnhem – The Real Chelsea Reserves?


We can’t be anything but grateful to Vitesse. They’ve literally saved us millions of pounds from wasting talent. Vitesse and Chelsea’s relationship arose very recently, both OWNERS previously shared a healthy relationship, and have now used that trust in their business ventures. I must admit, there were several doubts in my mind and many others’ regarding Vitesse’s ability to house and develop talent that we have invested so much into. It came to a point where we were desperate to offload talents in our reserves to make space for new ones.

It worked awkwardly, having only commenced a squad overhaul after 7-8 years of using the same first team. Implementing youth was obviously not our forté. What we were good at was purchasing top talents for large amounts of money. However, the board realized that this would soon have to come to a halt, and decided to take action immediately, spending cleverly on youth talents around the world. We had scouts posted in Europe and South America, and we’ve managed to acquire some high quality talent.

However, the next step is where we found our inexperience working against us. We won several trophies while acquiring these players, but the main objective was not being met – Developing these players for them to reach the next level, the first team level. We then started to loan out our highest achievers, and sold players, like Miroslav Stoch and Scott Sinclair, who had outgrown their loan teams and managed to find a new, permanent home.

The problem with this was the players that went out on loan were either not getting enough game time or were not played in the right positions. In stepped Vitesse Arnhem, a club full of ambition, a club whose owner announced his objective – To build a ‘super team’. And he’s not done a shabby job either. Vitesse have since gone on to build a team that, in the Dutch League, has looked brilliant. Players like Wilfried Bony, Marco van Ginkel, Renato Ibarra have played and grown at Vitesse. While their own have grown, they have also managed to strike gold in agreeing several loan deals with Chelsea.

And we should really hope that  the relationship between Chelsea and Vitesse would benefit both teams going into the future. Vitesse have qualified for the Europa League and Chelsea are really benefiting by the way our youngsters are getting first team opportunities and we got Van Ginkel for a fair price considering his talent and potential. It would be a little under estimation to call them our Real Reserves but, our mutual partners – two clubs with a HIGH ambitions and much desire to succeed in the long term. The owners as well aren’t at the club to do business but, for the love of the game and pure passion to see their team succeed.

What do you think of Vitesse Arnhem? Leave us with your opinions below and Thanks for reading! 

  1. Graham says

    Respect to #Vitesse Arnhem 4 bein of gr8 hlp 2 #CFC 4 helping our yung*z .Ope the fruitfull relationship countinous

  2. Egalle Gebriele says

    I really applaud Vitesse Arnhem, they are a quality club and doing a very good job for Chelsea and mutually benefiting from our players. It would have been really difficult for Chelsea to find loan suitors for our young talents without the clubs trying to put an option to buy clause in the contract of the loaned talents.. Kudos to them..

  3. Prateek says

    Glad to thank Vitesse Arnhem for helping out all our loaness but I’m still not sure about the current on loan players we have with ’em. Cuevas, Piazon and Kakuta all prefer to play in the left wing. This would mean if they want first team football then either of them will have to play out of position and that might hamper their development. I would still not mind playing them out of position if they are getting some minutes on the field. Patrick Van Anholt is another kid who will get regular football for sure and I still think he’s better than Bertrand.

  4. Jeff says

    Good business relation with Vitesse but would like if we can strike something close to that with an english club as well, playing carling, the FA and relegation/europe qualification would build their confidence and get them used to the english game although i believe that would limit the amount of players they can take but would do the players lot of good since chelsea is an english club

  5. Tom says

    Come visit Vitesse Arnhem, Chelsea supporters! Here you can find the matchtable:

  6. Anonymous says

    Chelsea scum

  7. Lyubov says

    Beth and Mark were good friends of mine a very long time ago, (1952). I was ihntcpag together a degree at San Francisco State college (now a University). I took a class in printmaking from John Ihle and Beth was in the class. We then discovered that we lived across from one another on Divisadero Street. Why wasn’t Ilhe mentioned above ? I think he provided a spark to start Beth’s real career as an artist that could capture an essence. Even through my wanderings and many years of living out of America I still sought them out when I was in San Francisco. They both just got better and better. I know that after Mark’s death Beth moved but since I was not in the country I have lost touch with her which I regret. I just want to say that I think time will show that Beth is a unique artist with a very clear eye and sure hand and I regret that she no longer can produce the art that means so much to her.

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