The loan system has been in place for many years now in the Premier League, but you could argue that it’s never had such a strong crop of talent as it does now. Up and down the country teams have sent their young stars and grizzled veterans on their way to clubs around the world, and a few of them are ready to come back and make a real impact.
Obviously there are so many more names that’ll pop up next season and make us look silly for not including them, but these seven are set to go above and beyond the rest. Sure they may fall flat on their face, but isn’t that part of the fun of being a football fan? Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you aren’t, but at least you can sound remotely smart about something down the pub on a Friday night.
Being sent out on loan could be seen as a bad sign for some, but in our opinion it should be seen as a chance to flourish away from the spotlight. You can start to carve out a reputation for yourself elsewhere without the pressure of performing at the highest level, which can only be considered a bonus.
Tammy Abraham is a once in a generation kind of talent and deserves the chance to shine on the biggest stage of all. Whether he’ll figure into Conte’s plans is a different matter entirely, but there's a lot of Premier League interest in the striker. Image Source: Twitter
Bold statements and decisions seem to be the Pole’s forte, and he’s done it again as of late by stating that he wants to fight for his place as number one at Arsenal. Given his performances in comparison to Cech this season, we think he’s got a solid case. Image Source: Twitter
How on earth do you go from not getting a game at Goodison Park to being targeted by Barcelona in just a few months? Deulofeu has re-captured his magic touch and despite the interest from Spain, it seems as if there’s always going to be something that draws Gerard back to English football. Image Source: Twitter
This youngster is going places, and not just because he’s smashed in a bundle of goals in Scotland. Sure the standard over there is similar to a hungover Sunday League kickabout, but you can only beat what’s put in front of you and Roberts has done that.
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Andreas Pereira has certainly been catching the eye of one Jose Mourinho, and that’s the best news possible at this young stage of his career. He’s got all the attributes necessary to make a run at the United first-team, and that charge could begin in August. Image Source: Twitter
Chelsea and Monchengladbach seem to be interlocked in a cross-European tug of war for young Andreas, and that’s hardly surprising given how much he’s improve during his time in Germany. Perhaps loaning out three quarters of your squad isn’t a detriment after all. Image Source: Twitter
Whilst Fazio appears set to settle down over in Italy, there’s several Premier League sides who are rumoured to be after the Argentine. It’s hardly surprising either given his sterling performances for soon-to-be runners-up Roma. Impressive. Image Source: Twitter
Transitioning from one national league to another and then back again is hardly a walk in the park, so there’s no guarantee of success here – but you never know what the future holds. From our stand point, the momentum that these lads have carried with them from their Premier League tenure puts them in a solid position when it comes to a potential return to the English limelight.