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Premier League: 5 impressive loan stars

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There have been many loan deals this season in the Premier League, but which players have performed the best during such spells away from their parent clubs?

1. Fabio Borini

Surplus to requirements at Liverpool, Borini is now potentially a Merseyside hero after netting the penalty that saw Sunderland end Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten Premier League streak at Stamford Bridge.

Although Sunderland have endured a horrible season, Borini himself has been quite successful. Scoring four goals in 28 games this season may not sound a lot, but he has scored extremely important ones and has frequently been used on the left-hand side.

Borini also enjoyed Sunderland's fantastic cup run and even scored in the final, which shows Brendan Rodgers that he may be ready for the step up to Liverpool.

2. Lewis Holtby

Along with Borini, Holtby has not scored many goals for Fulham this season. He has netted one in six for the Cottagers after joining from Tottenham in January. His performances have definitely given Felix Magath's side a lift, though, and could help them to Premier League safety.

Tim Sherwood has been struggling for real performers in the central areas at White Hart Lane of late after choosing to play Christian Eriksen on the left-hand side and has even gone with Nacer Chadli through the middle.

Holtby would have been desperate to impress Tottenham after not hitting the ground running since his move from Schalke last year.

3. Jake Livermore

Livermore was signed by Hull City in the hope that he could keep them away from relegation this season and help retain their Premier League status. And Livermore has surely done that, as there is now a very slim chance that Hull will go down.

Livermore has been ever present in Hull City's midfield after racking up 31 appearances and he has even grabbed three goals. Sherwood is supposedly an admirer of Livermore, and if he were to remain in chargeat Spurs for next season, Livermore could be a prominent figure in Tottenham's next campaign.

4. Marcos Alonso

Alonso was signed by Gus Poyet in January with the hope that he could fill the left-back void at Sunderland. Alonso has definitely done that and has started nearly every single match since signing for the club.

His consistent performances have won over the club's fans and Alonso has been instrumental in Sunderland's recent revival. Poyet will need Alonso to keep his performance levels high if the Black Cats are to stay in the Premier League.

5. Ryan Bertrand

Bertrand signed for Aston Villa in the hope of securing first-team football after failing to impress Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Bertrand - like Alonso - has started a lot matches since and has delivered some fantastic performances that have gone under the radar.

These performances may not be enough to secure a place in Jose Mourinho's team, however.

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