Premier League 2018-19: Top 5 loan signings by clubs in the January transfer window
No matter what time of the season it is, football teams across Europe are always competing for the best talent available in the market. Loan signings are the theme of transfers in January, but signing someone permanently in the winter only saves them from competing against other European elite teams in the summer.
Mostly the players in the January transfer window are targeted as short-term fixes rather than long term investments. Teams that are performing well do not look to tinker with their sides and thus most of the business at this time of the season is done by the under-performing teams.
The Premier League is considered to be one of the toughest competitions on the planet so players brought in should be of high standards. Out of all the transfers made in January, here are the top five loan signings based on the potential, role and possible impact that the players can have on their new teams.
#5 Nathaniel Clyne - Bournemouth
The former Southampton man had a great start to his career at Liverpool and was a regular starter in his first two seasons there with 33 starts in 2015/16 and 37 in 2016/17. However, injuries halted Clyne's progress last season allowed him with just five starts in all competitions for them. Trent Alexander-Arnold excellent form only made matters worse for him.
But at the age of 27, Nathaniel Clyne looks to get his career back on track and to do that he needed some regular playtime. Playing opportunities were scarce at Liverpool where James Milner was also above him in the pecking order. So a loan move or even a permanent one looked like a feasible option.
Simon Francis' injury came at the wrong time for Bournemouth. But it was the perfect opportunity for a replacement to come in which gave way to the golden chance Clyne wanted. The move was much-needed and hence a very positive one.