If a parent club feels that a player is not good enough to be in their current plans and let leave temporarily, shouldn’t they be able to play against that side?
Romelu Lukaku has been deemed surplus to requirements this season at Chelsea, and allowed to progress elsewhere with a loan move to Everton. Ironically, the Belgian forward’s new club takes on his parent side this weekend at Goodison Park – but Lukaku will have to watch on from the stands.
It is another classic example of a player being loaned out to get regular football, but having a stipulation in his short-term contract that he cannot play against the team he is temporarily leaving.
Surely if Jose Mourinho is willing to let Lukaku leave Stamford Bridge, even on a temporary basis, the powerful forward is then Everton’s player for that time and should be allowed to play against everyone?
There is a clear argument that Chelsea allowing Lukaku to move to Everton will strengthen the Merseysiders and make them a tougher opponent for the Blues’ title rivals. Plenty of Premier League central defenders will attest to that come the end of the season after the ex-Anderlecht striker gives them the runaround.
So, as such, shouldn’t Chelsea have to feel the wrath of the man that they deem is not currently good enough to play regularly in their starting XI?
Arsene Wenger is a clear advocate for the changing of the current loan rules, and spoke last year of his belief that players on temporary deals should be allowed to play against their parent club.
“Personally, I would not ban players on loan from playing against their own clubs,” the Arsenal boss said.
“At the moment it is a big opportunity for some clubs to reinforce other teams, without losing ownership of the player. For example, if a big club sends a big player to another club in the Premier League they only have benefits.
“That player cannot face his own club, yet he could win games against their rivals.”
Mourinho has admitted to blocking a proposed loan move for Demba Ba to Arsenal in the transfer window due to the fact that it would strengthen a title rival. The Lukaku case is another way in which the likes of the Manchester clubs and north London sides will be forced to play against stronger opposition than Chelsea will themselves.
Although technically still a Chelsea player, the current loan system needs to be evaluated, as Lukaku should really be playing against his parent club on Saturday. Most similar deals on the continent are set up as such and the UK should follow suit.
What are your thoughts on the loan system? Should Lukaku be allowed to play against parent club Chelsea?
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