Sunderland and the loan market: Best friends or biggest enemies?

Sunderland's Yann M'Vila celebrates at the end of the match

Sunderland have never been a club that is scared to dip into the loan market for extra recruits during the transfer window.

Sunderland's Yann M'Vila celebrates at the end of the match

It is a strategy that has more often than not served them well in the short term, with many talented young players coming to the Stadium of Light to further their career, whilst helping the Black Cats meet their objectives too.

However, despite the loan system being a short-term solution to Sunderland's problems, once the deal ends, the player returns to his parent club and vacates the hole they had filled 12 months ago.

Arsenal's Danny Welbeck in action with Norwich's Nathan Redmond

Throughout the years, Sunderland have became the temporary home for future England internationals, such as Danny Welbeck and Danny Rose. Both players shone during their time at the Stadium of Light, and their careers have benefited massively from their season away from their parent club.

But neither player was ever going to stay at on Wearside, meaning that once they left, Sunderland were effectively losing their best player and receiving no fee in the process to reinvest. 

Fabio Borini scores the third goal for Sunderland from the penalty spot

Since 2010, Sunderland have had 21 players arrive on loan, with only four of those players returning on a permanent basis. Fabio Borini is the standout returning player, who became a hero during his loan spell, and is still lauded as a fan-favourite by the red and white masses because of his passion for Sunderland and the massive goals he has scored, including derby winners against Newcastle and a cup final strike against Manchester City.

Last year, Sunderland recruited Yann M'Vila and DeAndre Yedlin on loan deals, with both being linked with a permanent move back to Sunderland. Both players did well last season and will be welcome signings for David Moyes

Sunderland's DeAndre Yedlin

Could Sunderland be the masters of the loan market? Every season, one of their star players seems to have been a loanee, and they then spend the following summer trying to re-sign their man permanently. 

The signing of Borini from Liverpool was a long, drawn out transfer saga, and the attempts to bring back M'Vila have been equally frustrating, despite a willingness from both club and player to get the deal done.

Patrick van Aanholt celebrates scoring the first goal for Sunderland with DeAndre Yedlin and Yann M'Vila

It is a conundrum that has troubled Sunderland so much, and it is an issue that will refuse to go away if they continue to utilise the loan market to full effect. 

A short term solution to long term problems, Sunderland and the loan market are best friends, but can sometimes be even greater enemies.

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