Vitesse Arnhem manager Peter Bosz believes Chelsea prospects Wallace and Bertrand Traore will help the club make a title push this season, while also benefiting from the first-team experience.
Vitesse Arnhem manager Petez Bosz believes the club’s close relationship with Chelsea can help them win the Eredivise title this season, thanks to presence of loanees Wallace and Bertrand Traore.
The two teams have been linked since late-2010, when Georgian owner Merab Jordania, a close friend of Roman Abramovich, brought the club, with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Gael Kakuta, Tomas Kalas, Christian Atsu, Patrick van Aanholt and Lucas Piazon all spending time on loan at the Dutch club in the past.
Up to six Chelsea prospects made up Vitesse’s squad at one point last season, with Traore returning to the team this summer after spending the second-half of the 2013-14 campaign with Bosz’s side.
With Brazilian full-back Wallace joining his Blues teammate in Arnhem, the coach thinks his squad are well set up to improve upon last season’s sixth-place finish, achieved despite the departures of core players Wilfried Bony and Marco van Ginkel to Swansea City and Stamford Bridge, respectively.
‘We've got a big ambition. We want to win everything, if you want to win everything it's a big ambition. We want to do that with attractive football which I believe is possible,’ he told Sky Sports News.
Bosz also stressed that the relationship with Chelsea benefits both sides, with vital first-team minutes serving the youngsters well for when they return to their parent club to challenge for a place in the side – something he believes both Wallace and Traore have the talent to achieve.
‘I am sure, I believe so,’ he said. ‘Of course, it's always depending on the players themselves. We coaches can help them, the club can help them, but in the end it’s about the players themselves, when they’ve got the right mentality.
‘They've got talent, otherwise they are not playing at Vitesse, but if they have the right mentality it's always possible to make the big step to the Premier League.’
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Raymond van der Gouw is also on the coaching staff at Vitesse, having spent eight seasons at the club during his playing days, and he was quick to echo Bosz’s sentiments.
‘I think it's very important at the moment as we cannot afford to buy big players,’ he said.
‘So it is very important to have very good players who have a lot of potential and they get the time to grow here.’
While Vitesse play their first game of the new Eredivisie campaign on Sunday against champions Ajax, there might still be more Chelsea talent to arrive, with England under-21 international Josh McEachran reported to be in talks about a potential move.
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