Chelsea romping away from Manchester City and Tottenham – loan watch 14/15

The Winter transfer window closed on 2nd February, with loans to teams outside the Barclay’s Premier League allowed to be completed after this date.

Whether some teams use the loan system as their primary means of developing players, some, quite clearly, use it a lot more than others as the table below shows.

Chelsea continue to utilise the system far more than their rivals.

They began the window with 25 on loan and were even up to 29 at one point during deadline day with the loan of Mo Salah to Fiorentina.

This was brought back down to 27 by a youth loan recall, as well as making permanent the loan of this weekend’s celebrated red card recipient, Ryan Bertrand, to Southampton.

Below is a quick snapshot of all official loan agreements as of 03 February 2015.

Since the beginning of the window on 3rd January, Liverpool have dropped from 2nd to the 5th spot, moving Manchester City, Tottenham, and Manchester United into the 2nd through 4th positions. Newcastle United also rocketed up from 11th to 7th by sending a historic 5 players on a season-long loan to Rangers over deadline day.

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Mark J. Fine

Yank (native New Yorker, no less) and self-proclaimed Anglophile that has aspired to make tea at the BBC as a career opportunity, ever since discovering it on shortwave radio circa 1974. See what I did right there?