Loaning players between football teams has been going on for a long time. Loan deals typically last from a few weeks to all season long and can also last for multiple seasons. Young prospects may be loaned to a club in a lower league to gain some valuable first team experience, for example. A club may take a player on loan if they are short on transfer funds but can still pay their wages and this can also cover temporary injuries and suspensions. Often players are loaned because of a dispute within the contracted club and no other club wishes to buy them permanently yet. In many cases the players that are loaned are not considered to be of massive influence to the team and thus are used to give players more time playing the game. Sometimes the loan spells are insignificant and the players return without much trouble while other times, however, the loan transpires as being a massive turning point for both the player on loan and for the club who receives them. The following football players are excellent examples of how short term loans can be successful in transforming a person’s life.
Lokaku went on loan Chelsea FC to West Bromley and has now been signed to Everton after playing exceptionally well. Chelsea failed to see the prospects of Lukaku and making the move to Everton would give him a better standing for his short and long term football career. The fact that loaning Lukaku offered him more of a chance to showcase his skills suggest that he is better suited to a team other than Chelsea.
Daniel Sturridge was on loan to Bolton from Chelsea after not having a lot of game time so used Bolton as a way to prove his worthiness and skill. The now England international played a mere 12 games when on loan under Bolton and scores 10 goals helping the Wandered avoid relegation. He now plays for Liverpool and England.
Nathan Dyer was on loan from Swansea to Leister FC and is considered to be one of the key reasons they won the Premier League this year. The fact that he won a premier medal whilst being on loan from Swansea is significant as he was seen as being the underdog. While he only made 12 appearances and scored 1 goal, Dyer still got a medal as to win one you have to star in 5 games.
David Beckham, known for his broad range of passing, bending free kicks and cross ability, actually began his impressively successful career when on loan to Preston from Manchester United where he got given the chance to get some team experience. He impressed by scoring two goals in five appearances and upon his return to Manchester United, was able to make his Premier League debut and went on to become the power-house player he is known as being today.