Squad reinforcements have been a big topic of discussion around Manchester United of late, but it recently emerged that David Moyes is set to look within his own ranks in adding to his first-team roster this January.
According to Paul Gorst of the Mirror, the Scot is quoted as saying that loan players may be recalled from their spells away from the club in order to provide a more immediate impact at Old Trafford.
In addition to hinting at the arrival of some new faces, the United boss touches on the chances of those who have already spent time with the Red Devils, stating:
We will try [and do some business] in January. I am quite actively looking at our own boys. The likes of Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell and Ryan Tunnicliffe.
They are the future. They are part of the club. They have been in the system. We hope they might be able to come back and help if we need it in January.
Powell, Lingard and Tunnicliffe have all spent the first half of the season on loan at Championship sides Wigan Athletic, Birmingham City and Ipswich Town, respectively, impressing in their own rights.
Each of the three youngsters has managed to get into the double digits in league starts thus far in the campaign, and while the loans of Tunnicliffe and Lingard come to an end in January regardless, an extension may have been considered.
Back in September, talkSPORT's Ian Abrahams showed just how well some of the United youngsters were doing in their respective loan surroundings:
JUst saying between Jesse Lingard, Nick Powell and Federico Macheda - Utd loanees have scored 7 goals this weekend— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) September 22, 2013
However, with Moyes having struggled in his first six months at the United helm, the Scot is apparently looking at all options at his disposal, and it would be folly to ignore any aspiring talent that could yet have an impact on first-team matters.
Powell's deal at the DW Stadium officially runs until the end of the campaign, but as the Mirror's Alan Nixon has discussed, a mid-season review clause means that his parent club are perfectly within their rights to recall the midfielder, with Stoke City alleged to be seeking a temporary deal of their own.
Should United recall their star youngsters or allow them to develop elsewhere?
Of course, the argument exists that the trio would be better off in smaller settings, permitted to shine with a better guarantee of a starting place and developing their talents accordingly.
However, with the Red Devils currently eighth in the Premier League standings and entering a period where injuries have already started to take their toll on the squad, the youngsters should be considered a luxury that the English giants can't ignore.
Between them, Powell and Lingard have netted a very respectable 14 goals this term, per Transfermarkt.co.uk, the former getting some useful Europa League experience along the way.
Understandably, Latics boss Uwe Rosler is reported by Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports as wanting to hang onto Powell's talents:
Tunnicliffe, meanwhile, has helped Ipswich into playoff contention as the club currently see themselves just two points off sixth spot in the Championship.
Looking within the current United ranks, Tom Cleverley (Wigan Athletic), Jonny Evans (Sunderland) and Danny Welbeck (Sunderland) are all players to have benefited greatly from loan spells in the past, showing the effect that consistent playing minutes can have on a starlet's growth.