The Premier League sending young players to the championship has been a long running situation now for many years. There have been cases where teams have used the loan market very shrewdly and have been promoted on the back of the players that were not permanently contracted to their club. The Arsenal loan trio of Larsson, Muamba and Bendtner helped Birmingham pip Derby to automatic promotion during the 2006/2007 season, although Larsson was made permanent during the January window.
The Championship is full of promising young talent from the Premier League currently with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool young stars all making big impressions in the nation’s second division. Nick Powell and Jesse Lingard are currently considered key players at their loan clubs, Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh McEachran are growing into their loan sides and Jack Robinson was instrumental in Blackpool's early flourish in form.
The benefits of sending players out on loan to get competitive first team football are huge. The amount of players that gain vital first team competitive matches just before they break through is astonishing.
There were just 5 of England’s 23 man squad over the international week, that haven’t played lower league football previously in their career!
I think it’s an ideal situation for clubs on both sides of the fence. Championship clubs can get a young and hungry player through the door for next to nothing and Premier League clubs can get their young players vital first team football without throwing them straight in at the deep-end themselves.
I would like to see more players in the Championship with significant technical ability, and my top 5 Premier League loan prospects for Championship clubs at the minute are;
Michael Keane – Manchester United – England Under 21 – Centre Back
Keane is no stranger to Championship football and has already excelled in a spell at Leicester last season, where he was nominated for their ‘player of the year award’ surprisingly he is still at Manchester United despite various links to different clubs. Nigel Clough apparently had a deal lined up for Keane just before he was sacked as manager. Sam Rush said after Clough’s sacking that ‘we have more chance of signing Michael Keane with McClaren in charge’ so something might happen in the next few days, one to watch anyway.
Nathan Ake – Chelsea – Netherlands Under 21 – Defensive Midfielder
At 18 years old, it might be a bit early for the talented Chelsea youngster but there is no doubt he is of quality and could make an impact already at his young age, having already featured in the Europa League. He has reportedly rejected loan moves abroad and said he would like to say in England, either playing in the Premier League or the Championship. He has recently signed a 5 year contract at Chelsea so perhaps it is financial implications that have meant he is still playing reserve team football.
Jordan Ibe – Liverpool – England Under 19 – Winger
No stranger to lower league football, the impressive youngster started his career at Wycombe Wanderers and made his debut at 15 years old. Liverpool were quick off the mark to capture his signature and has already been involved in Liverpool’s first team setting up Philipe Coutinho for the only goal of the match. On the eve of his 18th Birthday he will perhaps be a target for a lot of Championship clubs looking for that flying winger but as of yet, he has had no concrete interest.
Samed Yesil – Liverpool – German Under 19 – Striker
Another product of perhaps the most exciting Germany youth set up in history. The young striker has been deadly for the German youth national team scoring 31 goals in 33 games at various levels. He is no stranger to first team football having already featured for Bayer Leverkusen at such a young age. He will be a name to look out for in the future and will be on the minds of plenty Championship managers.
Harry Kane – Tottenham – England Under 21 – Striker
The young Tottenham and England under 21 striker is no stranger to Championship football, having previously played for Millwall and Leicester at this level. He has 9 goals in 37 games in the division and will now more than ever looking for a chance to prove himself. He has recently been linked with QPR and now he has arrived back from international duty something could be done in the next few days.
Anyone else worth looking at from the Premier League or anyone already impressing in the Championship on loan from the Premier League! Leave a comment..
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