Reported West Ham target Joel Veltman had a night to forget at Stamford Bridge.

Ajax travelled to London to take on Chelsea in the Champions League. Veltman started in central defence for the Dutch side but would not have impressed any West Ham scouts.

Joel Veltman: Evening to forget

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It was not an enjoyable evening for Veltman at Stamford Bridge. The Netherlands international gave away two penalties and received a red card as Ajax and Chelsea played out a dramatic 4-4 draw.

Ajax took an early lead but Veltman’s error brought Chelsea back into the match. He went sliding in and tripped Christian Pulisic with Jorginho converting the penalty. Veltman was given a yellow card for his troubles.

Chelsea then fell behind as Ajax rattled in three unanswered goals. Cesar Azpilicueta reduced the deficit to 4-2 but Veltman then gave Chelsea an unexpected lifeline.


With just over 20 minutes to play, Veltman blocked a shot inside the box and it hit his arm. The referee pointed to the spot and showed the 27-year-old a second yellow card. In the same move, Daley Blind received a second yellow card for a foul on Tammy Abraham.

Jorginho made it 4-3 from the spot as Ajax were suddenly down to nine men. Reece James brought it back to 4-4 and that’s how the game finished. Veltman watched the final 20 minutes from the sidelines.

Joel Veltman and West Ham

Veltman has been linked with West Ham in the recent past. Dutch media outlet De Telegraaf reported in the summer that the versatile defender was after a new challenge. West Ham were able to offer him the chance to play Premier League football and he was interested.

Back in September, Veltman told NOS about West Ham’s summer interest. He added that he eventually chose to stay at Ajax. Since then, he has been in good form.

But his trip to London turned out to be miserable. Chelsea scored two penalties as a result of Veltman’s errors and his red card allowed them back into the game. This will be documented if West Ham are still interested.

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