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Premier League: Loan signing XI

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Loan signings have become an almost staple part of the transfer system in English football in recent years.

You can see the attraction, clubs get a player for a nominal fee for a season, and if they don't adapt, they can be slung out come the end of the season.

It's not what the loan system was bought in for, initially it was meant to solely provide younger players with the opportunity to gain first team football.

However, today, we see more and more older players who may have fallen out with their clubs or players who are looking to wind down their contracts somewhere else.

What do you make of this XI who have been temporarily drafted in. (It gets better after the defenders)

Formation: 3-4-3

Goalkeeper: Emilliano Viviano - Arsenal from Palermo

This signing went quietly under the radar in amongst a hectic deadline day where Arsene Wenger broke his traditions, and the clubs record transfer fee to bring in Mesut Ozil. However, Viviano hasn't arrived to sit on the bench.

The 27-year-old has a good reputation in Italy and featured in the national side six times. Not bad considering he faces competition from the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Marchetti and Salvatore Sirigu.

Watch your back Wojech Szczesny.

Right Back: Ondrej Celustja - Sunderland from Trabzonspor

Ok, not the biggest name in world football, there aren't actually that many defenders who are in England on loan.

Nonetheless, Paolo DiCanio must've seen something in the Czech defender who features regularly in his country's Under 21's as he has started all three of Sunderland's league games.

Centre Back: Aly Cissokho - Liverpool from Valencia

Strictly speaking not predominantly a centre back, more of a left back, but has filled in at the back in the past.

The powerful French defender has one cap for his national side and has plenty of Champions League experience with Porto, Lyon and Valencia.

It's not difficult to see why Brendan Rodgers wanted Cissokho, i fully expect him to be a regular feature of the Reds side come the end of his stint.

Left Back: Goran Popov - West Bromwich Albion from Dynamo Kyiv

The Macedonian international returns for a second stint at the Hawthorns after making 10 Premier league appearances last season in which the Baggies secured their best ever position.

His year was marred when he was sent off for spitting but if he can sort out his misdemeanours he could be valuable to Steve Clarke in a side short of quality defenders.

Winger: Victor Moses - Liverpool from Chelsea

Another potential masterstroke from Brendan Rodgers borrowing a player from one of their biggest rivals.

The Nigerian has consistently performed throughout his career in England and has an abundance of pace, skill and power. Looked good when picked at the Bridge last season, but has been forced out of the first team by big money movers.

Exactly the direct winger Liverpool were looking for, expect him to link up well with his friend and former Chelsea teammate, Daniel Sturridge.

Centre Midfield: Gareth Barry - Everton from Manchester City

Everton needed a solid replacement for the outgoing Marouane Fellaini and who better than a player with a Premier League winners medal.

Barry has always gone quietly about his work for England and City in keeping the midfield together and breaking down attacks, a much underrated player.

Together with fellow arrival James McCarthy, Roberto Martinez has the right mix of flair and solidarity in central midfield.

Centre Midfield: Jonathan de Guzman - Swansea from Villareal

Swansea did a lot of business this summer but securing de Guzman for another year is arguably the best of all.

The Dutch international was instrumental in helping his side secure the League Cup for the first time.

Winger: Jason Puncheon - Crystal Palace from Southampton

Broke into the Southampton team after a series of loans in and around the Premier League in past and looked the part.

Southampton fans think the decision to let him go is a mistake, but Saints' loss is Palace's game as they look to avoid relegation.

The winger has a good cross on him and Ian Holloway will be looking to provide the service to the aerial threat of Marouane Chamakh. 

Striker: Loic Remy - Newcastle from QPR

Toon's director of football, Joe Kinnear, has faced a torrent of abuse from Geordie fans for not spending any money on permanent transfers, but lest they forget he convinced Remy to join after the Frenchman rejected them for rock bottom QPR in January.

Showed glimpses of the immense talent he possess in his short time at Loftus Road but will hope to thrive this season with better service.

Striker: Darren Bent - Fulham from Aston Villa

May have had a bad year with Aston Villa in losing his place to Christian Benteke but how often will Fulham get the chance to sign an England striker.

Has scored goals at every club and expect Fulham to be no different for the poacher. 

Could be the difference between a relegation scrap and a mid-table finish.

Striker: Romelu Lukaku- Everton from Chelsea

After a difficult start to life in England for the £17million target man, the 20-year-old finally showed why Chelsea made so much in a hugely successful loan spell at West Brom.

With so many world-class strikers at Chelsea it wasn't surprising that the Baggies entered a tug of war with Everton for the youngster for a loan deal. 

The Blues won the war and Roberto Martinez will hope he can reproduce his form from last year.


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