Is the loan system being abused by Premier League clubs?

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Premier League clubs spent an eye watering £870m during this summer transfer window, despite this, the number of players loaned out this transfer window is equally as shocking.

Chelsea have 33 players out on loan at present, they are not breaking any rules. In fact this is popular throughout Europe, especially in the case of Juventus who according to the BBC own an additional 58 that are not currently in the first team squad.

As the rules state Premiership clubs can only register a squad of 25 players, but some have been accused of "abusing" the system by stockpiling talent and keeping youth from rival teams, which may not be beneficial for the player themselves.


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All clubs aim to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules which cap spending in relation to income, and it makes sense to loan out additional players not included in the 25, to help them develop as a player.

Big clubs can afford to do this but it is seen as an unfair advantage when these clubs target young talent and then begin farming them out to lower league teams.

This can really stunt the development of young players who are swapping clubs every season, a Championship side could be put in the situation where they might sell a player to a Premier League club and see them back on loan playing for a rival against them. 

The main rule that teams need to abide by are the number of players they have loaned in, in a specific season, which at present is limited to four player for the duration of a whole season, two at any one time and one from a specific club.

Andros Townsend now a first team player at Spurs, has been loaned out nine different teams in his career, but his father told BBC Sport;

"Being educated in the game in the lower leagues helped Andros in his journey.

"Tottenham always showed an interest even when he was down at Yeovil as it can be quite difficult for a player if they feel detached from the parent club. With Chelsea having 33 out on loan, there will be some players coming back wondering if they have a future at the club and even in English football.

"For some of them they probably won't, and they are being loaned out because they will be sold somewhere down the line."

As the amount of players being loaned is increasing is it time for the Professional Footballers' Association to put a cap on how many additional players are allowed to be 'associated' with a particular club?

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