No win in five - Should Chelsea be worried about their Vitesse Arnhem loan stars?

Vitesse Arnhem have failed to win in their last five matches.

Vitesse Arnhem fell to a 2-0 defeat away at FC Twente yesterday which was their fifth game straight without a win.

Chelsea stars Lucas Piazon, Patrick Van Aanholt and Christian Atsu all started the match while Bertrand Traore featured off the bench for the final 20 minutes of the game.

Considering the form that Chelsea’s loanees showed at the club over the first half of the season, there is an argument to suggest that the recent dip in form of the side will be a worrying concern for Jose Mourinho.

Sides are finding ways to play against Vitesse, nullifying their tactics and keeping Chelsea’s stars quiet which creates a challenge for them to reinvent themselves ahead of moves back to Stamford Bridge.

Piazon has been in great form so far this season with 11 goals and eight assists from all appearances and he will probably be the greatest worry for the Chelsea manager.

Van Aanholt has also featured heavily with 22 appearances in the Vitesse back four while Atsu has bagged two goals and three assist from his 16 appearances for the club this season.

The main aim for Mourinho in commissioning the deals would have been for all of his players to get game time and to become better players, which is exactly what’s happening.

They are experiencing both sides of the fence, with that superb form over the first half of the season countered by the current blip that the Dutch side is going through.

Mentally and physically they will be in better shape by the time they return, with Vitesse five points off the top of the Eredivisie table creating the real opportunity that the Chelsea stars could experience success and silverware while away from Stamford Bridge.

That will create intense feelings of hunger and desire, which will make them all the more determined to have a big impact when they return to Stamford Bridge.

Is it a worry? Yes, because no side wants to see their loan stars playing in a losing team but looking at the larger picture, it will make them better players.

image: © Vincent Teeuwen

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