Loan moves have long been one of the rites of passages in football. Promising youngsters on the cusp of the first team are often sent out on temporary moves in order to give them vital first team experience before they are ready for a higher level. Sometimes these moves don’t work out, Liverpool should learn from Arsenal and not loan players to Leeds United.
This week saw Arsenal recall Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Leeds United. The English striker had been at the Yorkshire club since the start of the season and despite making 17 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, he managed just two starts. He netted three goals during the spell.
The Gunners undoubtedly cut the loan spell short due to the lack of opportunities afforded the 20-year-old. Clubs send these young talents on loan so that they can get first team experience, what’s the point in sending them out to sit on the bench?
Liverpool should look at the mistake Arsenal made and not loan Rhian Brewster or Curtis Jones to Leeds United. Goal reported in December that Bielsa was keen on bringing the young Liverpool duo on board for the remainder of the season.
With the Reds out of the League Cup, we can expect some of the youth prospects to leave until the end of the season, Rhian Brewster heading out is all but confirmed.
We just need to make sure that we aren’t wasting everybody’s time if we are sending these players out. A loan spell on the bench could do more harm than good for a player, Jürgen Klopp and Vitor Matos should be seeking guarantees for any potential loan stars.