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5 EPL players who shouldn't be out on loan

Conor Lochrie
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Southampton v Everton - Premier League
Chances in the EPL were few and far between for Lookman in this campaign

Another January transfer window came and went; another busload of Chelsea youths spread far and wide. The loan system in football seems, on paper, a fantastic initiative, a way for players not in the first-team action to gain experience or game time, and it is used for these purposes often.

Several England internationals have undergone loan moves earlier in their career, like Daniel Sturridge, who enjoyed a productive spell on loan at Bolton Wanderers from then-club Chelsea: 8 league goals in just 12 appearances followed and the striker had shown exactly what he was capable of to his employers.

Danny Welbeck, similarly, played well enough during his loan season with Sunderland to convince Manchester United that he had a future in their squad.

The loan system, however, has been prone to abuse, especially by certain clubs, who could field strong starting XI's of players they've sent elsewhere. Scott Sinclair - of course from Chelsea - was forced to go to 6 different clubs, instead of being given an opportunity to prove himself at Stamford Bridge.

That same club has made Dutch outfit Vitesse Arnhem virtually into their reserve side, with numerous youngsters moving there each campaign. This slideshow, then, looks at 5 current EPL footballers who shouldn't be out on loan (this could have been restricted just to Chelsea but was limited to 2 players!).

#5 Ademola Lookman (Everton)

After Lookman went against his manager's orders and arranged a loan transfer to RB Leipzig in Germany, Sam Allardyce condemned the idea in the media; the winger promptly then went and scored the winning goal late in his first Bundesliga game against Borussia Monchengladbach. It was an ironic twist but Lookman should have never been sent out on loan to any club.

During the U-20 World Cup last summer, he was a standout as England surprisingly won the tournament, scoring 3 goals and impressing with his all-around play. Everton had secured his signature before then after Lookman's performances in League 1 with Charlton belied his youthful inexperience and 2017/2018 looked set to be a big year for him, his first full campaign in the EPL. Everton's spending spree must have been disheartening and in the chaos of the Ronald Koeman era, chances were slim, but whenever he was called upon, Lookman excited fans with his energy and enthusiasm.

His fellow England U-21 teammate Dominic Calvert-Lewin has enjoyed considerable time in the Everton first team but the opportunities just haven't been afforded to Lookman, despite his obvious ability. He was confident enough to believe he can shine at the team in 2nd place in the Bundesliga; aged just 21, there's every reason to expect Lookman to return to England and show Allardyce and Everton just what they were missing out on next season.

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Conor Lochrie
Freelance writer, massive football fan! Currently living in New Zealand.
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