It turns out that the loan system has changed for the new season â€“ and short term loans will no longer be possible. Season long loan deals are the only loans allowed and once the player is loaned out â€“ he cannot then be recalled by the loaning club.
This makes it difficult for Sam Allardyce next season – with some of our budding young players – who are unlikely to get a game next year in the first team.
Now what do I do with Krul, Edgar and Carroll?
Speaking about the new loan system Sam told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe loan system has changed in the Football League this year, and has now converted to the same system we have to put up with, which is only year-long loans. â€œYou canâ€™t do any more emergency loans, or one, two or three-month loans.
â€œIt means if Iâ€™m going to let a player go on loan, itâ€™s effectively a short-term transfer. â€œThereâ€™s no call-back or recall. And the last thing I want to do is leave myself short if anything happens â€“ weâ€™ve already got to try and get more players in to cover what we need.”
Well that’s going to be tough luck on some of our youngsters â€“ who will really only develop at the pace they need to develop at – by going out on loan â€“ even if it is for the full season. As far as goalkeeper goes specifically we were surprised when Pavel Srnicek was let go â€“ because that means Tim Krul is now 3rd choice goalkeeper. We were expecting Sam to bring in a 3rd goalkeeper and let Tim go out on loan for the season â€“ but it’s a difficult situation now – no doubt.
Its especially difficult for Sam – because he knows he has the opportunity of a lifetime as far as football management goes – and for Sam – next season will be his most important season ever – there’s just no doubt about that. We think Sam is going to shock everybody and do a lot better than people think – mainly because of his tremendous motivational skills – which have already been on full view since h arrived at the club. On the other hand Sam – as a good manager – has to do the right thing by the youngsters – and he knows it.
Sam went on:
â€œAnd to let players go out on loan would be very difficult this year unless the squad grows to the sort of size by the end of the transfer window that Iâ€™d feel a young player would develop better by having six months or a year on loan somewhere else.
â€œIf you run into difficulties at the end of August, thereâ€™s nothing you can do about it but use the players you have within your football club.
Thatâ€™s why I think the transfer window is flawed.â€
We’ll have to see how many players we do bring in by the end of August â€“ and whether Sam thinks it worthwhile to bring in a third goalkeeper. This does not look too good a system – as Sam points out – but we do think Sam should bolster the squad so at least players like Tim Krul, David Edgar and Andrew Carroll can get the playing experience their talent deserves – and preferably in the Championship.
It also means that the reserve team games become more important for a lot of the youngsters â€“ but there’s not enough of them. The reserves played just 20 official games last year and three initial friendly games. But Lee Clark has a job to do â€“ to bridge the gap for our youth team players and develop them into potential first team players. Lee has a real chance to shine in this role and has already shown tremendous enthusiasm for the job – and passion for the club – so we feel he can do it.
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