Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason explained in an interview for FourFourTwo why he feels loan moves are so beneficial for players.
Mason is an example of a Spurs player who went away and worked hard at other clubs, accumulating experience, which benefited him when he got a chance under Mauricio Pochettino earlier this season.
“It certainly toughens you up and gets you into that first-team environment. The change from reserve football or under-21s to the first team is massive, so at a young age I think it's important to get out and experience all that,” he said.
“At a Premier League club you’re pampered, so to go to league football and graft that bit harder on your own is important. What is vital, though, is having a manager at your parent club who sees you are doing well away and then gives you the opportunities.”
Tottenham have struck a very good balance over the last couple of years in terms of keeping younger players at the club, who are more likely to get a chance, and sending others on loan, who aren’t.
Harry Kane is another good example of a player who has worked hard away from the club on loan, while Alex Pritchard has excelled playing for Brentford in the Championship.
Pochettino will have to judge over the summer who he feels can have an impact in the first team squad at White Hart Lane and credit to him for continuing to have the guts to take chances and risk the younger players.
It’s a constant battle for the manager because if he throws players into the Tottenham first team prematurely, their confidence could drop significantly.
However, if he gets it right then Tottenham will continue to be a leading example over how to develop and use younger players.