The loan system can work both ways in terms of benefitting clubs. Obviously bringing in players is the obvious one and almost every club outside of the Premier League uses the loan market to add players to their squad. Loaning players out is also in developing the players you already have at the club, and with the raft of youngsters impressing with Leeds, plus some players with question marks over them we need to utilise the market in terms of outgoings next season.
Five Players That Could Potentially Be Loaned Out
Hadi Sacko – The winger hasn’t broke into the team this season, the odd appearance here and there but he hasn’t really impressed. His end product and confidence let him down, in terms of raw ability, pace, work rate he has them all in abundance but he has to find some form. Wingers as quick as Sacko can be such a threat at this level, especially as games get into the last exchanges. Loaning Sacko to a League One club is exactly what he needs, whether he will last the summer as a Leeds player I’m not so sure.
Pawel Cibicki – A strange situation that has recently been commented on by Pontus Jansson. He barely got a place on the bench until the last few months of 2017 then he arrived and impressed. As the games went on he didn’t look very interested, the away games at the likes of Burton, Birmingham and Newport were all bad days for the side and for Cibicki who barely got a kick, he lost the ball a staggering 17 times at Newport in the FA Cup. A loan would benefit him if we decide he’s worth keeping, again, League One the destination because he has to adapt to the rough and tumble of the English leagues.
Jay-Roy Grot – Guess where he would need to head? League One. The thing with the players I’ve spoken about so far is that they need to adapt to English football by playing games. Marcus Antonsson has proved he can play with the physical side of the English game even if it may be deemed he isn’t good enough for Leeds United. These players need to learn their trade in the lower league and if they impress they can always come back during the season. Grot has benefitted massively from dropping into the under 23’s and getting full games, he scored his first Leeds goal against Sheffield Wednesday a couple of weeks back.
Oriol Rey – I would send Rey out on a shorter term loan than the others simply because I think he’s good enough to be challenging in the first-team very soon. His ability on the ball isn’t an issue, nothing technically is, the Barcelona academy has seen to that. The physical side of the game and speed may be, and if we could get him out to play for a couple of months he could come back and be ready to step into the Leeds United midfield. A player that has a very bright future at the club, we need to get his development right. Certainly should be taken and played in pre-season. Maybe he wouldn’t need to head out on loan.
Tom Pearce – There is a void at left-back currently. Pearce will probably have a part to play between now and the end of the season but next season he needs to be playing first-team football. Charlie Taylor is the obvious example of what a loan can do, he was in a similar position to Pearce, both where he is in his career, physically and potentially. If we could get Pearce with a full season under his belt he could walk back into the Leeds United team a year down the line. Lewie Coyle is a great example currently, he will be hoping his loan has pushed him into the plans of Paul Heckingbottom come pre-season.