Loan Spells Are Magical For Lower League Clubs
For years many lower league clubs have survived thanks to the loan system. With more loans happening with major teams this year, it shows a shift towards a lack of confidence in spending large sums of money on players. But why are the Premier League leagues only just cottoning on to a system that could save them substantial sums of cash?
January 31st, 2014
We’ve already highlighted the best and worst transfers of the past five years in our Transfer Window Wobbles & Wins infographic; however, the sums of money being talked about are a distant fantasy for lower league clubs struggling just to pay their players.
For years, Championship, League 1 and League 2 clubs have utilised players from other teams on a temporary basis to bolster their squads in bids to either gain promotion or stave off relegation. Premier League clubs benefit because their young players get the chance for regular first team football, and lower league clubs get hungry, fresh and exciting players. Just ask MK Dons and Derby fans how much loan moves can benefit your club.
Patrick Bamford has been loaned out to both these teams over the last two seasons, and the Chelsea youngster has been a big hit in Buckinghamshire and the East Midlands alike. Bamford had a loan spell with the MK Dons at the end of the 2012/13 season, scoring four goals in 14 appearances. Impressed, Karl Robinson duly recruited the Blues boy again, and it’s during his spell with the Dons this season that he has grabbed the headlines. Scoring 17 goals in the first half of the season, Bamford won Young Player of the Month for December.
That prompted another loan move for Bamford, this time to Steve McClaren’s Derby County. It’s no surprise Mourinho let the youngster join the Rams after his praise of McClaren in a recent interview, but there must have been doubts over whether he could handle the faster pace of the Championship. Those doubts were firmly put to bed as he scored his first Derby goal in his second substitute appearance, and has gone on to net twice more.
Statistics show that around 600 players go on loan to Football League clubs every season, with around 300 of those coming from the Premier League. Over 50% of the players currently on loan from Premier League clubs are under the age of 21. These numbers show the vitally important relationship between the divisions for the development of our young talents.
It would appear that Premier League clubs are starting to see the benefit of loaning players too, rather than taking the risk and spending large sums on them. In this window more than ever, Premier League clubs have been using the loan market to strengthen their own squads. Lewis Holtby’s deadline day move to Fulham is one example, Ryan Bertrand heading to Aston Villa for first team football is another. Our Transfer Window Wobbles & Wins Infographic shows some ridiculous money being spent – maybe Premier League clubs have finally learnt their lesson?