Going out on loan is part and parcel for many young footballers who seek an opportunity to truly break into the first-team. Personal development, football development and certainly character development are one of the many benefits of being away from your parent club for young pro’s.
There has been a number of successful January loan moves in recent seasons with England international’s Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshire both making successful moves and establishing themselves as Premier League stars the following season. More recently Joel Campbell enjoyed a fruitful January spell at Spanish side Villarreal before coming back and becoming a first-team performer at the Emirates Stadium this season.
There are only six days left of the January transfer window, and there are a number of youngsters who will be pressing for a loan move in order to get much needed first-team football.
Young Pro has picked 10 young players who could benefit from a January loan. Below are the second five.
The Kosovan midfielder has been the standout performer in Man City’s UEFA Youth League and U21 Premier League campaigns, even being rewarded a first-team debut by Manuel Pellegrini in City’s FA Cup win at Carrow Road earlier this month. Scottish champions Celtic are rumoured to be interested in loaning Celina for the remainder of the season, his ability from set pieces and general link-up play would be a key asset for a number of Championship promotion chasers.
Harry Winks faces stiff competition in the Spurs midfield with Tom Carroll, Josh Onomah, Mousa Dembele, Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason all currently ahead of him in the pecking order so a loan move is the most realistic chance for first-team minutes. With his 20th birthday only a week away, Winks has reached an age where senior football could provide a crucial learning curve. Last season fellow Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Brentford and Winks could benefit from a similar move.
Arguably Chelsea’s most exciting young talent, the Belgium wizard has set Cobham alight ever since his move to the West London club back in 2012. Musonda is increasingly likely to join Chelsea’s ever-growing loan list, with rumoured loan moves to Spain and Holland. One thing for certain is, he is ready for first-team football.
The 18-year-old Stoke City midfielder has been a regular in U21s this season. Having made his senior debut last season and being a part of Mark Hughes’ pre-season trip to Asia, Shenton is clearly one for the future at the Britannia Stadium. However a loan move to a ball-playing championship side could be exactly what he needs to in order to break into an ever improving Stoke side.
The 21-year-old Jamican international has enjoyed a great first-half of the season for Norwich City U21s. He even scored five goals against Southampton in November, weeks after coming back from an emergency loan to Stevenage. His predatory pace and goal-scoring feats have caught the eye of a number of football league sides and Loza would benefit from a six-month stint of senior football.