Patrick van Aanholt has said that he wants to prove that he is capable of performing in the Premier League after leaving Chelsea to join Gus Poyet’s Sunderland, as reported by Goal.com.
The former Chelsea man has spent the last two-and-a-half seasons on loan at Vitesse, and he is now chomping at the bit to show the Premier League what it is he can do after receiving very few opportunities at Chelsea.
His time at Stamford Bridge was not particularly productive, as five years saw him make just two Premier League appearances for the Blues.
He spent significant time out on loan at other clubs, with spells at Coventry City, Newcastle, Wigan and Leicester City. Van Aanholt’s most consistent time at a club was with Vitesse in the Eredivisie, where he spent the better part of three seasons.
The 23-year-old’s move to Sunderland was confirmed on Friday, and he is looking forward to an opportunity to really prove his worth.
He said: “I thought about it for a second and said: ‘Yes, I would love to come to Sunderland.
“It’s a great club and a great opportunity for me to play in the Premier League.
“It’s a good opportunity for me after two-and-a-half years in Holland and a couple more loans in the Championship.
“I want to prove myself in the Premier League so everyone can see what kind of player I am and what I’m capable of doing.
“I had a couple more offers from different coaches but I said no I want to stay in the Premier League.”