The loan market has shrunk over the past 12 months as Premier League clubs maintain good prospects in the event of an emergency presented by the pandemic.
Liam Delap, for example, wasn’t just going to Stoke City, he wasn’t going anywhere – and in 2021/22 he will be a year closer to playing for Pep Guardiola, who has already confirmed his intention to integrate him into Man City’s first team.
Steven Chicken explained for YorkshireLive: “The number of Premier League loans to the Championship hasn’t changed much compared to last year: 69 in the last campaign, 66 that. But look at players aged 22 and under and it’s a very different picture: 44 last season, only 34 this campaign – down 23%.
“Limit that to players entering the Big Six Championship (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham) and it goes from 24 youngsters on loan last season to just 13, or 46% less the year. year round.
“Man City and Chelsea are responsible for most of this. They accepted 14 loans from players aged 22 and under for the championship last season, but only two this time around.
But there have been a few Championship loan arrivals that have caught the eye and managers will have taken notes in their little black books to see if they can be tempted to return to that level next season.
Here are half a dozen people who will be at the top of loan shopping lists this summer.
The 22-year-old Leicester midfielder has made a name for himself under Nathan Jones at Luton Town.
He had signed a four-year contract before leaving and is part of Brendan Rodgers’ long-term plans – but, after four assists and a few goals this quarter, will the Leicester boss think another year of regular football in the championship will be good for its development?
Dewsbury-Hall said Luton today last week he would reflect on it, saying: “If Luton next season was interested again, this is something I would definitely take seriously, because I feel like I have improved as a player. here and that it has been good for my development and my career.
“I’m going to take the rest of the season as I go, trying to finish as positive as possible.
“Then if and when it comes up at the start of next season, for whatever reason, I’m definitely going to sit down and have a serious chat with a lot of people and see what happens for me.”
Liverpool have high hopes for the winger, who turned just 18 on Sunday and was a brilliant spark in an increasingly difficult season for Blackburn Rovers.
He had 10 assists and five goals, mostly on the right, although he dragged himself to play left and middle.
the Echo of Liverpool reported this week: “Having been a member of a Reds team that conquered everything that stood in front of them, if Elliott thought that was the life of a professional footballer then he was very much wrong, having now played against its true reality.
“But that’s exactly why Liverpool sent him on loan at Blackburn. And will make him want to succeed in his childhood club even more, allowing him to enjoy the privilege of representing one of the strongest teams in European football.
They add: “Elliott’s talent is indisputable. This is why he is the youngest player in the Premier League and why Liverpool could part ways with £ 4.3million after signing him from Fulham.
“But it may be too early to get carried away by the hype. After all, while he claims five goals and 10 assists, the other Reds loan out Harry Wilson (four goals and nine assists) and Sheyi Ojo’s returns (five goals and seven assists) aren’t too different.
“But the aforementioned duo are arguably at the end of their trips to Liverpool, aged 24 and 23 respectively, with their last loans a final step before looking to find a permanent home this summer. On the other hand, time plays a big role on Elliott’s side.
Spent the first half of the season on loan from Manchester United at Watford, playing fairly regularly before a manager change, and has since been one of the main men under Chris Hughton at Nottingham Forest.
The 20-year-old midfielder scored his third goal in 13 starts with a stunning free-kick in a 3-1 win over QPR on Easter Monday.
Hughton has been quiet about the chances of getting him back, saying NottinghamshireLive: “Right now I’m thinking a lot about what he’s giving us and how he’s helping us in the best possible way.
“It is also a question of helping us in its development and have the best relationship with Manchester United we can.
“And then we’ll see what happens.
“He’s not our player so it’s very difficult to talk about him in any way.
“All I can say is that the relationship with United has been very good and we are delighted with what James is offering us.”
The player’s agent, however, said Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City and Rangers are keen on him, as he believes his form will also have him on the minds of United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 20-year-old from Chelsea has been a fixture amid a Swansea defense which is one of the tightest in the league.
Wales report: “There are a lot of talented center-backs in this division but it would be very difficult to argue against Guéhi being the best in the Championship.
“Week after week, he performs at the top level with the kind of authority and class you usually expect from a much older head.
“This is probably the most remarkable thing about Gehi. He is already the best in his position at this level and he is only 20 years old.
Athletic, however, claim that Guehi plans to play Premier League football next season – and that Chelsea are considering letting him out with a buyout clause like they did with Nathan Ake.
The highly rated 20-year-old returned from Norwich to Premier Club Coventry and has been used at left-back and fullback this season, as well as occasionally right.
CoventryLive report: “McCallum is likely to return to the Canaries, having been sent back to Coventry to continue his development. But if Daniel Farke’s men are promoted, the Premier League could be too difficult and the left-winger could be on loan again.
The 23-year-old could leave Liverpool for good this summer after scoring five and seven assists on loan at Cardiff – but he still has two seasons left on his contract and another loan could be on the agenda.
He previously had loans with Wigan, Wolves, Fulham and Rangers and rose to prominence under Mick McCarthy in South Wales.
He was used on the right wing and behind a central striker and WalesOnline’s Cardiff correspondent Glen Williams said Blood Red Loan Watch Podcast : “I really, really evaluate Ojo – he’s a top player.
“Kiefer Moore tore it up a bit and is perhaps pound for pound the best signing of the season not just for Cardiff but in the Championship, and Harry Wilson comes with star quality.
“But Sheyi has slipped under the radar and at this level he’s a very, very good player.
“He’s not afraid to face defenders and he’s showing up in some very good areas as well.
“He had a scoring streak a few months ago in the box and hitting at home which was also an addition to what he was doing on the wing.
“Mick McCarthy changed the system accordingly, so he’s playing Kiefer Moore up front now and Ojo or Josh Murphy with him.
Ojo has enjoyed it as well and he has scored two since McCarthy’s arrival.
“He has really impressed a lot of Cardiff fans and they want him all the time, but what that would mean in monetary terms I don’t know.”