Current Chelsea and Tottenham stars sit alongside former England captain and Manchester United superstar David Beckham on a countdown of some of English football's biggest names earliest steps into the footballing world.
This season has already seen many of our young English talents being sent out on loan deals with Josh McEachran currently enjoying a spell out on loan at Middlesbrough and Everton’s teenage sensation Ross Barkley completing a temporary switch to Sheffield Wednesday.
In recent times Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge have seen their careers helped by loan moves along with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley who have also taken the opportunity to go out on loan by the scruff of the neck and add real experience to their fledging careers.
But which future England players have completed loan deals in the past that have helped them on the path to success?
David Beckham – Preston North End 1994-95
The most infamous has to be Beckham’s move to Preston in the mid-90’s. Before he became the Spice Girl marrying, paparazzi sapping, sarong wearing, hair trending, free-kick taking pin up for English and now global football he played at the Deepdale, infamously taking free-kick duties from Simon Davy. He scored two goals in his five PNE appearances including one straight from the corner; little did anyone know what superstardom befell him.
Frank Lampard – Swansea City 1995-96
Not many people know that the first of Frank Lampard’s whopping 228 club goals to date came whilst playing against Brighton and Hove Albion for Swansea City in 1995 aged just 17. After returning to West Ham he eventually, of course moved to Chelsea and has gone on to become one of the clubs greatest ever players.
John Terry - Nottingham Forest 2000
He played just six games for Forest under David Platt but it was the dawn of a very successful, if not controversial career. Things could have panned out a lot differently as Steve Bruce moved very close to signing the prospect whilst the manager of Huddersfield Town off the back of his excellent loan deal, but the move never materialised.
Jermain Defoe – Bournemouth 2000-01
Possibly the most successful loan deal of the lot saw the currently in-form Jermain Defoe move to Bournemouth on loan at the turn of the Millennium aged just 18. The results were monumental as he equalled John Aldridge’s post-war record of scoring in ten consecutive games on his way to a total of 18 goals in 29 appearances; a feat that has since earned the Spurs striker a place in Bournemouth’s Hall of Fame.
Ashley Cole – Crystal Palace 1999-2000
Cole had a very successful loan spell at Crystal Palace in 1999 which even saw him score a stunning half volley. After a string of impressive performances he went straight into Arsenal’s first team upon his return due to an injury to Sylvinho and hasn’t looked back since.
So the loan deal can be a very useful tool in the development of a player and the talents of Barkley and McEachran could very well one day be on a similar list to this one.
What other memorable English loan deals can you remember?
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