Ken Gambles takes a look at the loan system that has given us three of our summer recruits. And he doesn’t like it a bit …
Buddy can you spare a Diame?
Although reprehensible, pay-day loan companies still appear to be flourishing ( and sponsoring Premier League teams), but almost now as unpleasant seems to me to be the loan system in football.
In those halcyon days of my youth in the late 50s/early 60s about which Sixer waxes so lyrical, loans were very rare beasts, usually involving an illness or injury to a goalkeeper and usually Mike Pinner at that (ask yer grandad).
The explosion of loan deals in the last 15 years or so has I feel become a blight on the game and when such high-profile stars such as Lukaku and Moses are “on loan” it makes a mockery of the whole system.
To loan players within the same league perverts the supposed fairness of the game. Why is it seen as acceptable for a player to play against all of your rivals but not against the loaning club? I admit that Sunderland AFC have been as active as any in taking loans, but as a loanee club we are always on a loser.
If the player is any good then yes, we have had a season or half a season out of him, but then the parent club sees the potential and takes them back with thanks.This has happened with Downing, Evans, Welbeck and Rose over recent years and only last season with Ki and Alonso. This year looks like being no different.
Loans of young players to lower division clubs might seem like a good idea but also is unfair, leading “big clubs” to stockpile talent knowing they can be farmed out to grateful lesser teams (in Chelsea’s case I think they have well over 20 players on loan throughout Europe).
Another danger is that this becomes seen as the norm, so that people like Greg Dyke (Boo!) can suggest the takeover of smaller clubs by Premiership teams in order to aid the development of young English players. Total anathema.
I know it’s not going to happen, but if a limit on the number of players attached to one club were made, then maybe more players would serve their apprenticeship in the lower leagues and earn their clubs some transfer money if they look like making the grade.
Also surely it’s time that no loans were permitted between clubs in the same league as it contradicts the essence of fair play. Despite this I’ll still be cheering on Vergini, Coates and Alvarez but in Coates’s case it’s just not fair.
The power of the few has corrupted the game and will continue to do so until there’s agreement that genuine competition is best. I won’t hold my breath.
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