Loaning a player to another club can be beneficial to all parties involved. Some loan spells can be great successes whilst others go unnoticed.
For the player it means more playing time and a chance to impress your manager; the receiving club get a quality player they may not otherwise be able to afford and the outgoing club can get the wages of a player off the books whilst also allowing their young talent to develop.
Here we look at the top five most successful loan signings in recent seasons. Looking at how they benefitted the club the player joined and the club he eventually went back to.
Andy Carroll | Liverpool to West Ham
Carroll had really struggled at Liverpool since his staggering £35 million move, so Brendan Rodgers sent him out on loan to Premier League new boys West Ham and bar a few injuries disrupting his fluency, Carroll has been a revelation.
He started off the season playing well and managing to create chances for his teammates however, in recent games, Carroll has bagged half a dozen goals in 11 games. He may not be 35 million, but who really is?
Jack Wilshere | Arsenal to Bolton
Wilshere's class and potential had been evident from a young age however, a loan move to Bolton Wanderers was the stepping stone he needed to help him get up to the Arsenal standard. Now, everyone in Europe knows who Wilshere is and he is likely to become one of England’s best players.
Danny Welbeck | Manchester United to Sunderland
Before his loan move to Sunderland a few years ago, Welbeck was rated behind Federico Macheda and now look at the two. Macheda is in his third loan spell at Stuttgart whereas Welbeck is a Manchester United and England regular.
Sunderland played a big part in this as he got regular first team football in the top flight, without the pressure of playing for a top premier league team.
Romelu Lukaku | Chelsea to West Brom
Lukaku arrived for £17 million from Anderlecht and many had thought that it was a big price to pay however, Lukaku has consistently performed at an extremely high level whilst being at the Hawthorns.
He has shown how powerful and clinical he is, and really has the potential to be a long-term replacement for Chelsea Champions League winning legend Didier Drogba.
Daniel Sturridge | Chelsea to Bolton
Sturridge got the big move from Manchester City to Chelsea at such a young age and was unable to get first team football, so he was then drafted out on loan to Bolton in order to get an opportunity to prove his worth, and what a signing he proved to be.
Sturridge scored eight goals in 12 appearances and managed to keep Bolton in the top flight. This drastically improved his career as this then saw him earn an international call up.
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