Loaned out Chelsea youngster gets the nod ahead of Manchester United outcast

Patrick van Aanholt, on loan at Vitesse, has been called up to the Dutch squad - while Alex Buttner continues to be overlooked.

It is not just England players who drop like flies when the international fixtures come calling - the Dutch have had a similar problem after their draw with Japan on Saturday.

Louis van Gaal had to deal with the withdrawal of Robin van Persie first and foremost - before two defenders pulled out of the squad after the Japan draw yesterday, Feyenoord starlet Bruno Martins Indi and PSV Eindhoven attacking full-back Jetro Willems.

So the manager, who is looking to lead the Dutch side to an unbeaten 2013, was looking to call up a left-back to the fray.

The obvious choice to some would have been Manchester United player Alexander Buttner. The former Vitesse man has been a member of Dutch squads before - but as yet does not have a senior cap to his name.

But he has barely featured for United this term - stuck behind Patrice Evra in the pecking order and seemingly out of favour at Old Trafford.

Other options therefore were always going to be pursued - with Stoke City’s Erik Pieters,Swansea City’s Dwight Tiendalli and Miquel Nelom of Feyenoord all potential names thrown in the hat.

But Van Gaal has instead gone on form - choosing Vitesse Arnhem left-back Patrick van Aanholt for the first time in his career to the senior Dutch side.

If the name sounds familiar it should - he was one of many Chelsea players on loan at the Eredivisie club. In fact, he was signed as Buttner's replacement in the summer of 2012 (ouch!?).

Van Aanholt has been at Stamford Bridge since 2007 - but has spent most his time out on loan with Coventry City, Newcastle United, Leicester City, Wigan Athletic and, for the past year or so, Vitesse.

It is testament to his fantastic form in helping the unfancied side to the top of the Dutch league.

Don’t believe me, check out this thunderbolt of a strike from October against Heerenveen, assisted by none other than Lucas Piazon… (3.20)

Van Aanholt will be ecstatic at the news, while it gives Buttner another reason to consider his United future.

Next for the Chelsea lad is to perform well and stay in the mind of the Dutch national coach - before embarking on a Dutch title fight.

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