Premier League starlets who could benefit from loan moves
With the January transfer window fast approaching, we take a look at some hot prospects who could be on the move in search of game time in the new year.
Loan moves can pay dividends for all parties involved. Harry Wilson is enjoying a productive spell at Bournemouth away from Liverpool and seems to be improving with each passing week.
The Cherries have found a cost-effective replacement for injury victim David Brooks, while Liverpool have a player who is experiencing first-team Premier League football and almost certainly increasing in value as a result.
Phil Foden, Manchester City
Foden is a hot prospect at Manchester City although game time has been hard to come by.
Before the season began, City boss Pep Guardiola branded the midfielder as the “most talented player” he has ever seen and this season was expected to be his big breakthrough year.
Unfortunately for the Golden Boy nominee, it just hasn’t worked out that way and so far the 19-year-old has just one Premier League appearance to date, a measly 10 minute cameo in the 5-0 win at West Ham in the opening round of fixtures.
Guardiola has since labelled Foden as David Silva’s successor ahead of the veteran’s departure at the end of the season, but surely the Stockport native could do with a temporary home for the rest of the campaign while he waits for Silva’s exit?
Mason Greenwood, Manchester United
Manchester United opted to keep hold of Greenwood after some standout displays in pre-season. Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed the 18-year-old as a “natural” forward and he has managed six appearances in the league this term, but all of those outings came from the bench and in total he has played just 87 minutes.
Considering the pressure the Old Trafford side are under after a disappointing start to the campaign, it may be best to remove Greenwood from the firing line and the chance to get minutes under his belt elsewhere could work out for all parties.
Reece James, Chelsea
James starred for Wigan on loan last year and Chelsea opted to keep hold this summer due to their transfer ban. Fellow youngsters Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have all managed to force their way into the first-team picture – but James hasn’t managed a single minute of Premier League football.
Admittedly an ankle injury has contributed to his lack of action, but if he remains out of the picture in the build-up to the winter window another loan spell could well be on the cards for the 19-year-old.