Everton boss Roberto Martinez has urged the FA to revise the Premier League rules regarding loan deals, to mirror the regulations employed in European football.
The Toffees welcome Manchester City to Goodison Park on Saturday but will have to line up without City loanee Gareth Barry in midfield.
Martinez believes Premier League loan signings should be allowed to play against their parent clubs, in the same way Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois turned out for Atletico Madrid in the their Champions League semi-final victory over the London club.
Given Everton's limited finances, Martinez was forced to dip into the loan market last summer – something which he did to great effect, bringing in the likes of Gareth Barry, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu, who've been instrumental in Everton's impressive season.
"In my eyes when you reach an agreement for a player to go - whether a loan or permanent transfer - he should be allowed to play," he said.
"It is a decision you make in a window and I don't see it as a healthy way to treat a loan player in not letting him play against his parent club.
"If you make the decision to allow a player to go it is because, that season for whatever reason, everyone is happy to see him at another club.
"I think the fairest way is to see what we see in European competition and see a player fully focused for the team he is at and at the end of the season it is a matter of reassessing the situation.
Martinez bemoaned the disparity between the domestic and European loan rules, insisting that there shouldn't be two rules in place.
"The loan (system) has a real need in the modern game. It is a very interesting debate and should be something that needs to be looked at.
"Clearly we shouldn't have two different rules in two different competitions - I think domestic rules should be the same as the European laws in that respect."
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