Liverpool’s ‘remarkable’ ace among Prem XI stars who need 22/23 loans
Players across the Premier League, including talent from Liverpool and Southampton, need playing time next season so should apply for summer loan transfers.
Highly rated youngsters and experienced stars in the top flight have struggled to establish vital roles in their clubs’ first team this season. David de Gea has enjoyed the most minutes in the league so far with 3,330.
The Spaniard started in all 37 matches for Manchester United and played every minute offered. He is the only player from the 20 clubs to have a 100% record with one game remaining in their season.
Hugo Lloris and Jose Sa could join De Gea when Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves play their penultimate game on Sunday. England defender Conor Coady has played the most minutes by an outfield player at 3,228 so far.
But while they are mainstays by their side, stars elsewhere continue to wait for similar success. So with that in mind, here is a theoretical list of Premier League players who are expected to seek loan transfers this summer.
Caoimhin Kelleher (GK): Liverpool gem set to seek Premier League loan move
Caoimhin Kelleher has often impressed when the goalkeeper has played for Liverpool. But his appearances between the sticks at Anfield this season have been too far apart to become a first-choice name.
The Republic of Ireland international has made just two Premier League appearances after facing Watford in October and Chelsea in January. Jurgen Klopp has also turned to Kelleher with Alisson unavailable for both.
Klopp has a great appreciation for what the four-stopper can produce, however. He fielded him in the Carabao Cup final with Chelsea in February, after which Virgil van Dijk said Be in sports he was “exceptional”.
Still, Kelleher is now set to look to grow as a player as he leaves Liverpool on loan for a Premier League side next season. The 23-year-old has shown he’s a more than capable understudy but has the potential to be more.
Ki-Jana Hoever (RB): Wolves player must leave on loan to prove his Premier League skills
Ki-Jana Hoever is set to leave Wolves on loan this summer to prove he has the potential to be a Premier League player. Bruno Lage has rarely trusted the right-back since replacing Nuno Espirito Santo last year.
The 20-year-old has featured in just eight of Molineux’s side’s top-flight matches this season so far for 305 minutes. Only four of his appearances have also come in a starting role and have not featured at all since March 5.
Lage last unleashed the Netherlands Under-21 international in a league game with Crystal Palace. But injury forced Hoever off in the 25th minute and left the Wolves boss furious at the defender’s lack of preparation.
“Ki is a good example of young children, they want everything to happen [now]“, he said via sky sports. “When you’re out and your teammate is playing and you’re not training with intensity, you’re not preparing.
“And then, when you have a chance, that kind of stuff happens. I have too many kids on my team who sometimes don’t function as they should. They don’t prepare as they should.
Mads Bech Sorensen (CB): Brentford player needs loan after lack of action
Brentford centre-half Mads Bech Sorensen will need a loan move next season after a lack of action since the Bees’ promotion to the Premier League. So far, he has played only nine times for a total of 718 minutes.
The 23-year-old was a key part of Thomas Frank’s plans to seal a seat at the top flight table. He made 32 Championship appearances last season, starting 29. But moving up the ranks proved difficult.
Malang Sarr (CB): Premier League chance after Chelsea loan exit hasn’t worked out yet
Malang Sarr returned to Chelsea at the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season after the former Nice player spent the last term on loan with Porto. He moved to Portugal right after join the Blues for free in August 2020.
Still, a chance to prove himself under Thomas Tuchel has yet to be offered to the 23-year-old. He has played just 515 top-flight minutes at Stamford Bridge in seven appearances so far. Sarr has also only started in six matches.
Jamal Lewis (LB): Premier League loan vital as Newcastle player struggles
Jamal Lewis is expected to find a Premier League loan move essential to prove to Eddie Howe that he has a future at Newcastle United after the summer. Otherwise, the left-back could leave St James’ Park for good this year.
The Northern Ireland international played just five times this season, including four under Howe, before the Toon boss left Lewis from his 25-man Premier League squad. He also only played 24 times under Steve Bruce last season.
Now, TEAMtalk report Lewis is one of several fringe players Howe is willing to sell to bolster his transfer budget. But with a £38.5ka-week contract until 2025, the £20 million Norwich’s signing could still have a future.
Tim Iroegbunam (CM): Aston Villa gem can improve Steven Gerrard’s appreciation
Tim Iroegbunam can further bolster Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard’s appreciation for his potential with a loan move this summer. The 18-year-old has shown at PL2 level that he can have a bright future for Villans.
But senior chances have so far proved scarce with his three Premier League outings – all this season – totaling 91 minutes. He also enjoyed 73 after starting at home against Norwich on April 30 as a retention option.
Gerrard rewarded Iroegbunam with appearances against Leicester City and Norwich after a strong performance in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Brentford. By birmingham liveAston Villa took on the Bees during the April break.
Josh Dasilva (CM): Injuries have a chance to pass from the Championship.
Josh Dasilva was a vital presence at Brentford last season, as he made 30 appearances in the Championship for five goals and four assists. But one a hip injury ended his campaign in February and kept him away for almost a year.
The 23-year-old returned in February but after four appearances he would not feature in six following a red card against Newcastle. Dasilva has since had three more releases, but only started twice with Toon’s.
Frank may now wonder if Dasilva is a Premier League player and could look to send him out on loan. But the Bees boss is expected to weigh his loss in depth and whether the midfielder should return to the Championship.
Will Smallbone (RM): Southampton gem needs loan after injury nightmares
Will Smallbone is expected to knock on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s door asking to be loaned out this year. The Southampton gem has played just three Premier League games this season after injury nightmares.
The midfielder was only able to feature once between the 10-month recuperation with an ACL injury before sustaining a calf injury in December. He has since enjoyed two more outings, but is desperate for regular minutes.
Cole Palmer (CAM): Manchester City gem set to step up loan
Manchester City gem Cole Palmer has proven at U23 level that he is ready to step up and prove himself but will need a loan move. The versatile 20-year-old has provided nine goals and five assists at youth level this season.
Still, Pep Guardiola has only faced Palmer in four Premier League games so far for 121 minutes. His 11 senior outings in all competitions this term also total just 413 minutes across just four starts so far.
Keeping Phil Foden at the Etihad Stadium against being sent out on loan has worked for the England international. But with competition for places at Manchester City, Palmer may not enjoy the same success.
Nathan Tella (LM): the pearl of Southampton could benefit from a summer loan
Nathan Tella could benefit from leaving Southampton on loan, after struggling to maintain a regular role in the Premier League. Hasenhuttl has started the 22-year-old in just nine of his 13 appearances so far this season.
The versatile winger has also failed to score or provide a league assist in his 738 minutes of action so far. Southampton probably expected Tella to step up a notch after scoring and assisting once in 18 last season.
Marcus Forss left Brentford to join Hull City on loan in the January market but struggled to impress in orange and black. In 11 league games, the Finland international has started just five and scored just once.
The 12-cap striker had to give up the chance to become a Premier League player this season after starting just one of seven appearances after promotion from the Bees. He also failed to score in any of his outings.
Now, Forss is among a number of players from Premier League clubs who are set to seek loan transfers this summer. His Hull record won’t impress Frank and will struggle to break into the Bees side next season.
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