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The Exploitation of Loan Signings

Friday 10th February 2017
We've always wanted our beloved football teams to succeed. We usually see that one player who signs for our club and think maybe he'll make the difference this season. Sometimes we see our football teams make loan signings and they usually prove very useful.

In certain leagues, rules are slightly different on loan signings. How many players you can loan. If they can play against their parent club and numerous other bits and pieces. What many fans do take for granted is how useful loan signings can be.

With a loan signing, there are many things to take into account. Say you're club is in the Premier League and you loan a player from a team in the same league. If a fixture comes up against that team, the said player cannot play against them.

However, if drawn against his team in a cup tie and he hasn't played in the cup for that team, he is eligible to play. If he has played for his parent club in any cup tie in the current season, he is not eligible to participate as he would be breaching rules of playing for two clubs in the same competition.

So why are loan signings useful? Well, there are many reasons. Strengthening depth in a squad is one of them. If there is a weak area in a team you could loan a player for the specific position.

We've also seen in recent years that big names have come back to English football for one last season. One of them was Thierry Henry. He made a few appearances and even scored a couple of goals.
Many teams use the "emergency loan" option which allows teams to make loan signings outside of the transfer window for when players start to get injured and desperately need a replacement.

Although, this has been exploited in the past even when players haven't been injured. Managers used this option if teams were underperforming. The FA overturned this option and decided to ban the "emergency loan" so that clubs would do their extra business during transfer windows.

This has led to unhappy fans, especially in the lower leagues. Just think, some teams don't have as good as a budget unlike other teams in the same league. Loan signings would be the key answer to budget problems but they will have to be completed during the transfer window. Managers will just have to be more clever than before about who they sign.

In most cases when a loan player is signed, a small fee would be required. This will only be a fraction of the player's value. Also, in most cases, the player's wages will be paid by the parent club unless the team that is being loaned the player can afford his wages.

Loan options can vary depending on agreements between two clubs. The length of a loan can vary from a month up to a full season. In rare cases, some players have been known to be loaned up to 18 months or even longer. That would include some hefty loan fees. Even if that would be costly, it would still be cheaper than actually buying the player on a transfer.

With the FA cracking down on rules and regulations it gives managers of clubs more to think about when it comes to signing players on loan. They have to think more conservatively about their choices of players to sign. Do they really need that backup goalkeeper? Will that 18-year old make a huge impact on the season ahead? From now, the loan signings can't be exploited anymore.


Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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