The Premier League is highly regarded as the most competitive league in the world, but that does make it incredibly difficult for clubs to take a punt on their youngsters.
The riches of the Premier League and the fight for the Champions League and against relegation makes it risky for clubs to place faith in their youth systems and as a consequence, clubs look abroad for the brightest young talent ready-made to fit their squads.
The top flight is full of some of the world's best players, but it's also home to several out of favour footballers looking to break into the first team.
With January around the corner, their best hope is for a loan move away to show their parent clubs what they can do in a risk-free environment, while their loan clubs get a player who's hungry to make an impression during his temporary stay.
Win-win. So with a matter of weeks until the transfer window reopens, here are five Premier League youngsters who could do with a loan move away from their clubs.
Jerome Sinclair - Watford
Liverpool's youngest debutant at the age of 16 years and six days, Jerome Sinclair made his name scoring for fun in their youth set-up with 22 goals in the 2014-15 season.
But the 20-year-old had bigger ambitions than sitting on Liverpool's bench and left for Watford at the end of his contract last summer, with The Hornets paying significant compensation for the attacker.
Yet he's been unable to make an impression under Walter Mazzarri, failing to make a single appearance at Vicarage Road; the Italian claiming he's "not physically ready" according to the Hertfordshire Mercury.
A loan move to Brentford has been mooted which would allow Sinclair to taste regular football with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo Watford's undisputed strikers.
Tottenham's Josh Onomah celebrates scoring their fourth goal
Joshua Onomah - Tottenham Hotspur
Tipped for big things at White Hart Lane, Joshua Onomah hasn't been trusted all too often after breaking into the first team last season making 19 appearances.
While a first Spurs goal in the 5-0 rout over Gillingham in the EFL Cup was a high point for the 19-year-old; his performance against Liverpool in the same competition was however, not so good.
A loan would be hugely beneficial to Onomah to prove he can cut it at Tottenham, who are expected to dip into their pockets in the transfer window to bolster their side.
Arsenal's Chuba Akpom in action with Nottingham Forest's Michael Mancienne
Chuba Akpom - Arsenal
Arsenal have struggled in recent years for a top-class centre forward and in Alexis Sanchez, they have something of an answer to their troubles.
This leaves Chuba Akpom fighting a losing battle alongside Lucas Perez, Olivier Giroud and the injured Danny Welbeck for a place in the squad, despite making 36 appearances at Hull City last season.
One League Cup appearance is all he has to his name this time around and a loan back to the Championship seems likely for the England Under 21 international who needs to add more goals to his game.
Liverpool's Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson
Joe Gomez - Liverpool
The former Charlton Athletic prodigy was starting to make a big impression at Liverpool when Brendan Rodgers brought him to the club last season, before an anterior cruciate ligament injury ended his campaign in October.
A year on and Joe Gomez is back to full fitness, but the versatile defender is not likely to play much part in The Reds' assault on the top four, with James Milner at left back, Nathaniel Clyne at right back and Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in the middle.
The 19-year-old would be a useful signing for anybody in need of reinforcements in defence but Jurgen Klopp might keep him in mind in case of an injury crisis.
Sunderland's Paddy McNair in action with Southampton's Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens - Southampton
Southampton have been lauded for the number of talents they've produced in their academy over the years, but in Jack Stephens' case it looks like it's not going to happen for him.
A solitary League Cup appearance was his first taste of first team football four-and-a-half years after his Saints debut in 2012.
The 22-year-old is perhaps waiting too patiently for his chance to shine at Southampton with Cuco Martina, Cedric Soares and even Maya Yoshida ahead of him at right back.
He was part of the successful England Under 21 side that won the prestigious Toulon Tournament and spent time on loan at Coventry City last season making 16 appearances.
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