Patrick Van Aanholt is a Dutch professional footballer who was born on August 29, 1990 in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. He plays as a left back for EPL team Crystal Palace.
Van Aanholt began his professional career with Chelsea's youth ranks on loan in 2007 with a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town at Coventry City in August 2009. Before that, he played with teams like Netherlands U17, U19 etc.
For the U17 team, he played 17 games during 2006-07 season, scoring six goals. He made his debut for Chelsea senior team on March 24, 2010 in a 0-5 away win over Aston Villa where he came in as a substitute for Yuri Zhirkov.
On November 19, 2013, he made his debut for the Netherlands senior team in a friendly match against Colombia where he came during the injury time in place of Memphis Depay in a 0-0 draw at the Amsterdam Arena.
Rise to glory
For 2014-15 Premier League season, Van Aanholt left Chelsea and joined Sunderland for an undisclosed fees on a four year contract. He began his campaign in an away game over West Bromwich Albion FC where he assisted the final goal to Sebastian Larsson which resulted in a 2-2 draw.
After some time, he scored another goal in a game against Crystal Palace. He played with them till 2017 and appeared in 82 games in which he netted the ball 7 times, proving it to be the most successful time for him with any club.
On August 9, 2009 Van Aanholt began his club career with Chelsea while he was on loan in a 2-1 winning match against Ipswich Town at Coventry City. His first appearance for them came in FA Cup was against Preston North End in 2009-10 Season but he didn't come on field during that match. He made his debut for Chelsea on March 24, 2010 in a 0-5 away win at Portsmouth, replacing Yuri Zhirkov. He scored his first career goal on September 22, 2010 in a 4-3 defeat to Newcastle in the League Cup.
For 2014-15 Premier League season, Van Aanholt left Chelsea and joined Sunderland for an undisclosed fees on a four year contract. He made his debut on August 16 in an away 2-2 draw to West Bromwich Albion where he assisted once to Sebastian Larsson. After playing few games for them, he got injured but scored a goal on his comeback game on January 4, 2015 in an FA Cup win over Leeds United.
2015-16 Premier League season was the most successful season for him where he scored four goals for Sunderland against teams like Stoke City, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur and at the end of 2016, his contract was renewed and extended till 2020.
In 2017, Van Aanholt joined Crystal Palace on a four and a half year deal for a fees of £13 million and made his first appearance for them at Bournemouth on January 31 while he scored his first goal for Crystal Palace in 1-0 victory against Middlesbrough.