Premier League starlets who need loan moves

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There's no substitute for first-team football, so these five Premier League starlets (plus one Barca ace) need to fly the coup in a bid for regular action.

Sitting idly by on the bench or kitting up for cabbage patch reserve games just will not cut it. Nobody got better playing against such a mix of disinterested veterans and failed youth team hot-shots.

As the careers of Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, John Terry, Ashley Cole and David Beckham testify - a well placed loan stint can do wonders for a career.

We've seen the likes of Josh McEachran, Carlos Vela, and Paul Pogba all struggle to secure first-team football after initially breaking through.

Some, like Vela and Pogba, have chosen to leave their clubs - with success.

Others, like McEachran, have latterly embraced loan spells only after stagnating on Premier League benches.

So, we're looking ahead and calling it early. Each of these players have had a small taste of first-team action, just like McEachran circa 2011. 

But rather than spending the next six to eighteen months on the bench, we're advising loan spells right away. It's hard when the taste of first-team football is so fresh, but this is a long-term decision.

They could be the next stars of the Premier League - all are hugely talented. But they need playing time, something in short supply at their respective clubs.

Here's our picks for future stardom... 

Chelsea | Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Reports of a £1.7m contract before his 18th birthday, interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, and yet, still no competitive first-team debut.

The England youth team midfielder made an impression on Chelsea's post-season tour of America.

He might now be eyeing a role in the Blues first-team, but with Jose Mourinho through the door, first-team opportunities in central midfield are likely to be in short supply - especially for a 17-year-old.

So, Loftus-Cheek might be best off spending a season on loan - just look at how Nathianel Chalobah's stock has risen at Watford. One year older than Loftus-Cheek, he should be the role model, not McEachran.

Arsenal | Serge Gnabry

The German under-18 international made his Premier League debut against Norwich City last season. But his seven-minute cameo was the youngster's only league action of the campaign.

He's still just 17-years-old, but already better than youth team football. A move to a ball-playing, attacking Championship side would suit him, and provide that vital competitive experience that simulates rather than stagnates.

Manchester City | Denis Suarez

How do you begin to contemplate jumping from Manchester City youth team to senior squad? When your employers can open their wallets and drop £30m on a Brazilian with five international caps it must get pretty disheartening.

Spaniard Denis Suarez has been tearing apart youth and reserve teams since he joined the club for £850k frlom Celta Vigo B in 2011.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea were all interested, but he opted for the Etihad Stadium. And he's yet to make a Premier League appearance. 

Currently with the Spanish under-20 team at the World Cup, he needs first-team football or City risk losing him permanently.

Tottenham Hotspur | Souleymane Coulibaly

The 18-year-old shot to prominence at the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup, where he scored an absurd nine goals in four games - including four against Denmark and three against Brazil.

Labelled the 'new Drogba', Coulibaly was tipped to make a move from Italian side Siena to the Premier League. Spurs won the race, reportedly ahead of Manchester United.

But he's another yet to even get a sniff of competitive first-team football. A short loan spell to Serie B side Grosseto last season led to 12 appearances and two goals, and the Ivorian needs more of that next term.

Manchester United | Nick Powell

The former-Crewe man scored one of the all-time great goals at the new Wembley Stadium in 2012. A £4m move to Manchester United followed a few weeks later, a first Premier League goal against Wigan Athletic a few weeks after that.

But, from October onwards, he wasn't seen from again in the league. Disappeared from view as Sir Alex Ferguson's side won the title in his last campaign.

Now 19, Powell should hit the loan market for regular football. He's certainly good enough for the Championship, and could push for a starting spot in a mid-to-lower-mid-table Premier League side.

Wigan and Ipswich have been linked, while United are reportedly willing to send him out temporarily. It would be best for all parties. 

Barcelona | Gerard Deulofeu

Just when it looked like the 2013-14 season could be Deulofeu's breakout campaign, Barcelona went out and spent £50m on Neymar.

A brace for the Spain under-20s at the World Cup in Turkey underlined his ability, but it will be tough for him to add significantly to his two La Liga appearances for the Catalans next term.

A loan move has been mooted, with several big Premier League clubs reportedly interested. 

He's completed Barca B - a record of 27 goals from 68 league appearances in two years from a wide position speaks for itself.

But getting past Pedro, Neymar, Leo Messi, Alexis Sanchez and Cristian Tello could be too much next season.

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