Loan Watch: 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 temporarily reduced their loan count to 26 by selling Eden Hazard’s brother Thorgan Hazard to Borussia Mönchengladbach whilst on loan there.
This was quickly followed up by loaning Lewis Baker to MK Dons for the rest of the season.
The Blues continue to maintain a vast gap in loaned players: An entire side’s worth more than their closest rivals, Manchester City.
Below is a quick snapshot of other official loan agreements as of 27 February 2015:
Manchester City, Tottenham, and Manchester United remain in 2nd thru 4th with few if any offsetting loan changes.
Leicester City have risen from 10th to 5th through the loans of Chris Wood to Ipswitch, Liam Moore to Brentford, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher to Millwall – all for the remainder of the season.
Newcastle United and Crystal Palace naturally rise from 7th and 9th to 6th and 7th.
Aston Villa drop from 6th to 8th from the recall of Chris Herd from Wigan.
Liverpool drops from 5th to 9th with the recall of Lloyd Jones from Cheltenham Town.
Arsenal also drops from 8th to 12th with return of Austin Lipman from Boreham Wood, and Matt Macey from Accrington Stanley.by