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Plenty to smile about: Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon, far right, while at Malaga last season. Although, now the Brazilian youngster is on loan with Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem.
The current loan system is, frankly, ridiculous and needs radically altering, and fast, because at present it is simply being abused by the big boys to their own advantages.
Now, what happens under the system is that big-spending, top-flight clubs like Chelsea amass a whole load of promising young foreign stars, however, rather than trusting their own instincts on those players and handing them a berth in their first-team squad, the new boys are instead simply loaned out to, say, Vitesse Arnhem to see how they get on.
If by chance the new man’s employer then decides he likes of the look of what he sees, he may at some point further down the line get recalled to win a spot in their 25-man Premier League squad.
However, if on the other hand things do not quite go according to plan and the club’s initial judgement is actually shown to be wide of the mark, then it is no great loss, with the player being shipped out elsewhere instead.
Whereas other less financially secure Premier League sides are not so lucky and must back their eye for spotting young talent in the hope that their new recruits are able to go straight into their setup.
So perhaps the loan rule should be tweaked so that clubs can only loan out, say, homegrown players under the age of 25, and when I say homegrown, I am talking about the newly introduced definition of the term that was talked about earlier—not the current meaning.
Finally, let’s get rid of the rule whereby a loanee cannot play against his parent club. Either you are prepared to allow said individual to go out on loan and gain valuable first-team experience with a rival, which means that team having full control over when their new recruit can and cannot play, or the deal does not go ahead.
As you cannot have it both ways whereby a loaned player pops up to score a goal, say, that ultimately may adversely affect a rival of his parent club, and yet that team then puts its foot down to prevent the very same thing from happening against them.