With the race for promotion to the top flight in full swing, Andrew Musgrove takes a look at five possible Premier League to Championship loan signings that may still happen this summer and which may make all the difference come the end of the campaign.
- – Ángelo Henríquez (Manchester United)
There was a big chase for this Chilean star but he is still yet to feature in the first team for Manchester United and opportunities for the 20 year-old will continue to be minimal as Robin van Persie and co run riot in red. Henriquez joined Wigan on loan last January and scored two goals in four appearances but couldn’t stop the Lactics’ relegation from the top flight. While David Moyes has a good track record in nurturing youth, a move to England’s second division would be hugely beneficial move for Henriquez assuming he gets a starting role and a move to one of the promotion contenders would not come as a surprise.
- – Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea)
This young defender, is a handy midfielder too and has huge potential. Chalobah is tipped to be a future England star but at only 18 would benefit from some first team football. The Chelsea player was centre to Watford’s promotion push last season as he spent the campaign on loan at Vicarage Road, mainly playing in midfield and playing in the playoff final. Blues fans are expecting big things from this young man but for now another season in The Championship would be a sensible option; possibly back under Gianfranco Zola at Watford.
- – Curtis Good (Newcastle United)
This young Aussie featured in the League Cup final last season while on loan at Bradford and while the defender may be hoping for a run in the Newcastle United first team especially in the cup competitions this season, it’s likely he’ll be sent out on loan again. Confident in the air and secure with the ball at his feet, he’ll be good addition to many a Championship team such as Ipswich or Bournemouth.
- – Harry Kane (Spurs)
After a poor season on loan at Leicester City last season, where he only netted two goals, Harry Kane will be chomping at the bit to get more first team football under his belt and prove himself to Andres Villas-Boas. There will be plenty of opportunity at Spurs in the next few years especially as Jermain Defoe gets ever older and if Kane is to replace him, a prolific goal-scoring campaign this year will help his case. Expect a move to a lower placed team, maybe Charlton.
- – Abdul Razak (Manchester City)
Joining City from Crystal Palace back in 2010, the Ivory Coast powerhouse hasn’t been able to break into the first team squad at the Etihad. He’s spent the past few years out on a loan at Pompey, Brighton and Charlton without really setting the world a light but if he can find a team willing to give him first team football then he ought to take it. With City full to the brim of talent, he’ll have to seize any opportunity he gets – possibly at a team like Middlesbrough.