At the transfer deadline, U.S. International and Chelsea center-back Matt Miazga was sent out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie. Matt is currently 1 of 38 players out on loan from Chelsea. After his second training session with his new team he talked with Vitesse TV.
As you can see in the interview he rolled right though the sports cliche handbook. He want’s to up his development and help contribute to Vitesse. He also talked about his historic transfer from the New York Red Bulls to a club like Chelsea FC.
He also wants to help his new team make it into European competition but really is taking it one day at a time. Contributing and development are his main goals.
Which leads us to a question, just how much will Miazga contribute?
If you’re a competent defender you can do well in the Eredivisie. The league is not known for defenders and teams don’t pay a whole lot for them. Which could give Miazga an advantage. He said he loved keeping clean sheets but that might be hard in a attack heavy league.
The Eredivisie is a technical league, which is likely one of the reasons Conte sent him to the Netherlands. Some of the current senior Chelsea squad have spent time at Vitesse, so this loan doesn’t spell doom for the young center-back. This loan might not be enough to get back to Chelsea but it could open opportunities elsewhere.
Matt will be fighting for his minutes.
Right now the team is tied 8th spot after five match days, in that span they have allowed 5 goals. Team Captain Guram Kashia plays the left center-back position so Miazga will have to fight for playing time with Maikel van der Werff - who can also slot at fullback and defensive midfield and has so far started every game along side Kashia.
With the Dutch Cup kicking off on September 22nd Miazga will most likely get his first meaningful minutes in the Eredivisie.
Do you think that Mpiazza will get the needed minutes to improve and crack the first team? Or would have he been better off going some where else? Let us know in the comments.
ETA: Matt was an unused substitute today in a 1-0 loss to Ajax.