Matt Miazga will have to impress a new manager in the final month of the season, as Vitesse announced on Wednesday it had fired coach Henk Fraser.
The club are in a rough patch of form, winless in its last four games including two crushing defeats, and one win in its last seven games. That one win, though, came against Ajax.
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Strangely, the dismissal of Fraser just moved up the timeline. Fraser had already announced he was leaving the club at the end of the season, with former Hull City manager Leonid Slutsky signing a two-year contract to begin on July 1.
But with the recent run of form, Vitesse dropped towards the edge of European qualification, with just a two-point gap in the seventh and final place for Europe. The teams who finish between fourth and seventh play each other in an end-of-season playoff to determine one winner for a spot in the UEFA Europa League.
What does this mean for Miazga? Well, for starters, he’s in his second year on loan in the Netherlands with a big, empty summer ahead. His parent club, Chelsea, could very well have a new manager, giving him the chance to impress and perhaps break into the first team.
But according to a report, Vitesse wants to bring Miazga back for yet another season, along with a couple of other Chelsea loanees.
At this point in his career, it’s crucial for Miazga to get regular minutes, but perhaps a loan to the Bundesliga or the English Championship would be more beneficial if Chelsea do actually see his future in blue, or if they’re just waiting for a bid to come in for the 22-year-old.