Some of their key players are on loan from the London club including the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Lucas Piazon and their most recent recruit Bertrand Traore.
Indeed the club have received some rather negative press in Holland in the way they have risen to the summit of the Eredivisie - with many a team upset over the amount of players they have borrowed from the Premier League title contenders.
But today saw a dent firmly put in their title ambitions.
They dropped valuable points at home to NEC Nijmegen - who currently sit bottom of the table. It was a result which, combined with Ajax’s 1-0 win at Go Ahead Eagles, saw Vitesse lose their grip on top spot and go back to second fiddle.
And the man who did the damage - Michael Higdon from Liverpool.
The 30-year-old striker came through the youth team under Dario Gradi at Crewe Alexandra before switching England for Scotland.
He played for Falkirk and St Mirren with limited success before really catching fire at Motherwell.
It was his performances at Fir Park that caught the attention of NEC - who signed him on a free transfer in the summer of 2013.
He has gone on to score an impressive seven goals in 18 appearances for the struggling outfit - but this was one of his most important yet.
Not many teams come back smiling from the Gelredome in the Chelsea-Vitesse era. But thanks to this former Railwayman that is just what NEC did.
Here is the goal that did the damage…
image: © Vincent Teeuwen