Young football players are often like rough uncut diamonds. They need steady honing and polishing before they sparkle with the clarity that we are often accustomed to, and there is no better way of doing that than by sending them out on loan.
The English Premier League is filled with many such special talents who are in need of such an education. Following is a list of players who could potentially set the Premier League alight in the coming seasons.
10. Ryan Mason
Parent club: Tottenham Hotspurs
Loaned to: Swindon Town
The England U-20 international plays as an attacking midfielder, and has also plied his trade as a forward on several occasions. He made his UEFA Cup debut for the senior Spurs side in 2008 as a precocious 17-year-old, and also topped the goal scoring charts for the U-18 Spurs side for two years running.
Considered to be one of the brightest talents to have emerged from Tottenham’s academy, injuries have blighted his career and stunted his development. At 22, he is at a crucial stage of his career and his loan move to Swindon Town could be a make or break one for him to secure first team football at Spurs. At Swindon Town, he is joined by fellow Tottenham players Massimo Luongo, Grant Hall and Alex Pritchard.
Parent Club: Liverpool
Loaned to: UD Almeria
Suso is a Spanish attacking midfielder who currently plays for UD Almeria. After joining the Liverpool academy from Cadiz FC in 2010, he has slowly established a reputation as a fine versatile attacking midfielder.
Before joining Liverpool, he was approached by Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, but declined them on the advice of former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. He was part of the U-19 European championship-winning Spanish side.
He featured in the senior Liverpool squad on multiple occasions in the 2012-2013 season and also provided some important assists. In 2012, he committed his future to the club by signing a long-term contract. But since then, with the emergence of Coutinho and Sturridge, the young Spaniard has been sidelined.
A loan move to Almeria for the 2013-2014 season has proven to be quite a boon for the youngster, who has provided two assists in two games for the club and has been praised for his passing in the final third. The 19-year-old is a great prospect for the five-time European champions.