The 5 worst loan signings in the Football League this season

Players from Manchester United, Arsenal, Sunderland, Stoke City and Crystal Palace all experienced loan spells this season they would rather forget.


Not every loan deal goes to plan and clubs often take a gamble when bringing someone in on a short-term deal. It is hoped they can provide a boost to the team but the risk may not always be calculated.

Many managers panic buy when it gets to the end of a transfer window or if a few results have gone against them. However a loan player may not arrive in the right attitude and can easily make things worse. Some clubs such as Blackpool this season relied heavily on loan deals but that led to fans believing that the players weren't playing for the club as they didn't really care as they wouldn't be there next season.

Here are five examples of loan deals this season that didn't exactly go to plan:

Park Chu-Young - Watford

The South Korean international's career in England hasn't exactly been a memorable one. When Arsene Wenger brought him in from Monaco in 2011 many eyebrows were raised as he didn't seem like the type of player who could elevate the club to the next level. He has barely played for The Gunners in that time and this season joined Watford on loan. Usually the signing of a striker on loan from Arsenal would excite fans but this was not the case. Park Chu-Young only played twice for The Hornets but surprisingly still made the World Cup squad for South Korea.

Will Keane - Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic
(Manchester United)

The highly-rated United striker spent time away from Old Trafford through two different loan spells this season but neither of them boosted his chances of making it at the club. James Wilson who is three years his senior may now be ahead of him in the pecking order due to his cameo against Hull City. Keane played for Wigan and then QPR this season in the Championship and made 14 appearances overall but failed to score. His average rating on statistical website was a lowly 6.16.

Brek Shea - Barnsley
(Stoke City)

The USA international's loan spell at Oakwell isn't deemed a failure because of his performances on the pitch but rather the way he reacted to the Barnsley fans. During a 5-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town, Shea took exception to the fans who were involved in verbal exchanges with Barnsley player Stephen Dawson. Shea stepped in and made a gesture to the fans, and his loan spell was terminated shortly after.

Jimmy Kebe - Leeds United
(Crystal Palace)

Jimmy Keve joined on loan from Crystal Palace in January in the hope he could inject some pace and creativity to the Leeds United side. However the fans didn't take to him at all and in a match against Queens Park Rangers the fans started calling for him to be substituted and to be replaces by Sam Byram. Brian McDermott came out and publicly backed Kebe but his performances didn't pick up at the end of the season and neither did the club's results.

Connor Wickham - Leeds United

Another loan spell which didn't quite work out as expected for Leeds was that of Connor Wickham from Sunderland. Wickham had enjoyed a great loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season scoring eight goals in 11 games and arrived at Elland Road with Jack Butland which caused excitement amongst the Leeds faithful. However Wickham didn't continue his scoring run with the club and failed to score in five games.

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