TIME TO RE­THINK UNFAIR LOANS

The Football League Paper - - GRAHAM WESTLEY -

THE rules are the rules – and I would never crit­i­cise a club for play­ing by the rules.

So, why am I go­ing to air a strong view about the topic of loan play­ers? I'll tell you why. Be­cause I think it’s com­pletely wrong that play­ers are loaned to sides in the same com­pe­ti­tion.

Let’s just glance at Chelsea. They now have Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek at Palace, they have Tammy Abra­ham at Swansea.

I’m quite sure those lads won’t play against their par­ent club, mak­ing their loan club weaker in that game than in oth­ers.

For that rea­son alone, al­though there are other rea­sons, I see a play­ing field that is dis­torted with the cur­rent sys­tem.

Yes, our young play­ers need first team foot­ball, 100 per cent. But they should get it by think­ing about where they sign in the first place, not by be­ing owned by the big boys and be­ing loaned to oth­ers at the same level.

Chelsea sold Nathan Ake to Bournemouth this sum­mer. Fair enough. It’s a com­mer­cial jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for his Premier League loan last year.

I guess his suc­cess as a loa­nee last year contributed to that sale, but Ake helped stop Liverpool last year as a Chelsea player in a Bournemouth shirt. Is that re­ally right?

Should the cham­pi­ons play a di­rect part in stop­ping a ri­val’s bid?

Young play­ers need foot­ball, for sure. Loans be­tween clubs at the same level should not hap­pen. That’s my view.

If a player is not good enough for Chelsea but good enough for Palace or Swansea, then sell him by all means. But let’s not al­low the big clubs to own all the play­ers and de­cide on other clubs’ se­lec­tions.

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