The emergency loan window is now open for Football League clubs who can loan Premier League players to bolster their squads and add enough firepower to lift their team out of the Championship.
With the Championship season set in its way, clubs have now more or less settled into the kind of form you’d expect them to have for at least the first half of the season. But a shrewd loan signing could see your team burst out of the lowly depths of midtable Championship obscurity and make a dash for the playoffs or even better. Just look at Norwich last season, for example.
Leeds United have been languishing in such depths for too long, and this season is as good a season as any to change it. With Massimo Cellino’s track record of 36 managers in 22 seasons at Cagliari, Uwe Rosler would do well to get in all the quality he can get his hands on as he looks to take Leeds in the right direction and ensure he becomes one of Cellino’s longest serving managers.
With that in mind, here are six players who may be available for a loan spell away from their current, parent clubs and who might be open to a move to the Championship…
One of last season’s surprise revelations in the Premier League McNair got his chance at Manchester United during an injury crisis in the back line. These days, however, Manchester United have shored up at the back, and with the likes of Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, not to mention Tyler Blackett as cover and Michael Carrick who can slot in at centre back, the Old Trafford club have more than enough cover at centre back to let McNair go out on loan.
Leeds aren’t terribly short at the back, but more cover and competition is not a bad thing, especially as Rosler doesn’t seem to be totally happy with his choice of Giuseppe Bellusci or Liam Cooper to partner Sol Bamba at centre back.
Perhaps this is a bit of wishful thinking, but Amalfitano seems totally unwanted by West Ham and a loan spell to the Championship may not be totally out of the question.
His wages would perhaps be a stumbling block, but imagining for a moment that this isn’t the case, the Frenchman is a classy and capable attacking midfielder. He’s a winger who can pass, is fairly strong and would take the Championship by storm if his head is in the right place.
Zuculini impressed in Argentina, so much so that Uwe Rosler’s former club Manchester City took a chance to bring him to the Premier League. A solid midfielder who can both pass and tackle seems ideal for the Championship and would add some passing ability and guile to the midfield.
A loan spell at Valencia last season didn’t work out and he was then loaned to Cordoba. Back at City now, there looks no way he’ll break into the first team ahead of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Fernando and Fabian Delph. So another loan spell, this time to an English club where Zuculini can get the feel for English football, would be ideal.
An impressive loan spell at Brentford last season helped to shoot Brentford into the playoffs and Alex Pritchard into the thoughts of Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of his parent club Tottenham.
Another classy midfielder, Pritchard is a nice passer and looks to get forward and make things happen. He’s proven at Championship level and can also play on the wing – a position where Leeds have looked lacking at times.
A commanding centre half, Lascelles impressed at Nottingham forest before getting a move to Newcastle United. Since then he’s courted a bit of controversy, notably with his alleged part in a bar fight in Derby, but getting his career back on track at a club like Leeds could be the best thing that ever happened to him.
A new environment could be just what he needs, and Leeds have a place at centre back alongside Sol Bamba that doesn’t look completely sewn up. Just ripe for a new man to come in and stake his claim.
A great loan spell at Brighton last season brought Joao Teixeira into the Liverpool squad for Brendan Rodgers’ preparations for the new season, although a broken leg cut short his time at Brighton. His recovery was there for all to see on Liverpool’s trips around the far east, however, as Teixeira brought a class on the ball and a speed that seems lacking in Liverpool’s squad post-Raheem Sterling, though perhaps Jordon Ibe will step up more this year.
If I were Brendan Rodgers I wouldn’t want to let him go, but given that Teixeira doesn’t seem in Rodgers’ plans for the moment, and given that Leeds need some spark in their side, Rosler should look to sign him up!