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Chelsea loan update: Stars keep Vitesse top; Belgian duo have good weekend

Vitesse

A brief look at the Chelsea players progress serving time at other clubs.

The Chelsea contingent at Vitesse is largely the reason the Dutch side are currently top, and a 3-0 win over Go Ahead Eagles. 

Four out of the six Chelsea loan players currently at Vitesse stared in the match against their Eredivisie rivals. Patrick Van Aanholt started the game and played the full 90 minutes, Christian Atsu started and played the majority of the match, coming off after 75 minutes. The three Vitesse came from two Chelsea players, with Lucas Piazon grabbing a brace of penalties and Gael Kakuta coming off the bench to also get on the score sheet.

See Kakuta's goal below.. 

The amount of talented players that Chelsea have been able to allow to leave to play their football in Holland is astonishing, and is a frightening thought when you consider they're in for a good shout of a league trophy this season. 

Elsewhere in Holland, Stipe Perica came off the bench with half an hour to go but unfortunately could do nothing about FC Twente's dominance and was on the end of a 5-2 thrashing.

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In the Premier League the hard-fought Merseyside Derby saw both teams name Chelsea players in their squad. 

Romelu Lukaku was hailed as the difference as he picked up the BT Sport Man of the Match award for his efforts. The Belgian striker scored twice in the end, but could have easily had five or six, had it not have been for Mignolet's excellence. 

Victor Moses had a shorter part to play but very nearly headed in the winner late on in the game, instead he saw the game eventually brought to a close as a 3-3 draw. 

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In the Football League, Chelsea had 7 players representing them in between the Championship and League one. 

The headliner over the weekend was England under-21 forward Patrick Bamfordwho notched up his 13th goal of the season. Unfortunately his goal wasn't enough as MK Don's still found themselves falling behind to Bradford 3-2.

In the Championship there were draws for both Todd Kane and Nathaniel Chalobah, Kane played the full 90 for  Blackburn, but Chalobah had to come from the bench to play the full 45 in the second. Josh McEachran was on a losing Watford side, and despite playing the full 90 minutes, he couldn't turn the tide of the game in the Hornets favour.

In League One there were three draws for the other teams represented by Chelsea players, so not an overly brilliant day for players on our shore in the lower leagues. Sam Walker played the for Colchester in their 1-1 draw away at Preston North End. He was one of the bright sparks on the pitch, having to stay alert for heavy home pressure. George Saville played the majority in an intense promotion six-pointer with Wolverhampton Wanderers and for the most part played well, and made a positive contribution. Milan Lalkovic has recently spoken of his plans to move away from Stamford Bridge, and played the full 90 against Crawley. Unfortunately, he couldn't make the same impact he did against Peterborough. 

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Elsewhere, there was an incredible match involving Thibaut Courtois, who could only stand and admire the players infront of him as Atletico Madrid won 7-0. There was also a win for Thorgan Hazard in Belgium, but a loss for Ulises Davila in Spain's Segunda Division. 

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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