Finding a route to first-team football is a difficult task with top-flight clubs stocked up on leading talent.
For emerging youngsters a loan move can often make the difference and several starlets have flourished on temporary deals during the current campaign. We’ve looked at five youngsters who have struggled for regular minutes this season, each of who could benefit from an increase in game-time elsewhere next season.
Here are five Premier League youngsters who need a loan next season.
Fabio Carvalho has become a forgotten figure at Liverpool. Since beginning his career with the club with a series of promising cameos, the summer signing has found himself on the outside looking in at Anfield.
Carvalho scored twice in his first five league appearances of the season, an excellent volley against Bournemouth and a dramatic last-gasp winner against Newcastle, but has been unable to build on that bright start.
Fabio Carvalho in front of the Kop 👌
An excellent volleyed finish to open his Reds account ⚽ pic.twitter.com/eY2wEPMvHk
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 27, 2022
Even given the Reds’ issues in midfield, the 20-year-old has failed to break into Jurgen Klopp’s plans and has featured for just five minutes in the Premier League since late October.
Carvalho made the move to Liverpool in a £5m deal from Fulham, having been a key figure in the Cottagers’ Championship-winning team last season. The midfielder – who has represented both England and Portugal at youth level – scored 10 goals and laid on eight assists as Fulham earned promotion back into the Premier League.
A loan move appears sensible for Carvalho, who was named in the Championship’s Team of the Season in 2021/22, with Klopp having called the midfielder a ‘player who can bring a stadium to its feet’ at his unveiling last summer. With midfield additions imminent at Liverpool and Cody Gakpo having been added to a stacked forward line last winter, Carvalho’s best course of development appears a temporary move.
Carney Chukwuemeka could be forgiven for questioning his decision to sign for Chelsea last summer, having featured for just 224 minutes in the Premier League, starting once, this season.
The teenager arrived in a £20m deal from Aston Villa as Chelsea continued a recruitment drive focused on emerging talent, with Chukwuemeka having starred as England’s U-19 side won the European Championship last summer. Chukwuemeka ended the tournament as England’s leading scorer on three goals and netted the second in the 3-1 final win over Israel.
What a moment.
When Carney Chukwuemeka put our #YoungLions ahead in extra-time of the #U19EURO final! 🤩
— England (@England) July 1, 2022
Chukwuemeka turned down a new contract at Aston Villa having felt ready to make the step up to senior level, but has found opportunities even more limited at Chelsea. The west London side’s record-breaking spending has led to a bloated squad and huge competition for places, leaving Chukwuemeka on the fringes.
There will no doubt be considerable interest in the midfielder should he be made available for loan next season. Chukwuemeka will have taken note how the likes of Alex Scott, Callum Doyle and Aaron Ramsey – teammates during England’s success last season – have flourished with regular senior football this season.
He has not played a single minute since Frank Lampard’s return to the club as interim manager.
Cole Palmer faces a decision on his Manchester City future this summer following a frustrating season on the fringes of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Palmer broke into the senior side last season and scored three goals in all competitions, but has found opportunities limited during the current campaign and has failed to start a Premier League game.
The 20-year-old will no doubt have benefitted from working alongside Europe’s most talented squad, but might now feel he is caught in no man’s land between Premier League 2 level and Guardiola’s star-studded squad. The England u21 international admitted recently that it has been ‘tough’ on the sidelines this season.
C̶o̶l̶e̶ Goal Palmer
Sorry not sorry 😌 pic.twitter.com/2hA318x5dK
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 19, 2023
“The season has been tough, I’m not going to lie,” Palmer told the Daily Mail. “When you’re not playing it does affect you. When I’ve played this season, I don’t think I’ve played to the ability I could have. I don’t really have any complaints to be honest.
“Maybe when I have played, I’ve been trying that bit too hard to try and do something. Maybe I was putting too much pressure on myself, that when I did get the opportunity thinking, ‘right, I’ve got to do something here’ so I can have a chance of staying in the team.
“It’s been frustrating but I’m not one to stop. The coaches believe in me and they’ve told me that. It’s up to me to prove my ability.”
Elliot Andersen has had a breakthrough season at Newcastle this term with the midfielder returning from a successful loan at Bristol Rovers last season to earn first-team minutes.
Eddie Howe has been convinced that the 20-year-old can handle the step into the senior side, having handed Andersen 22 appearances in all competitions. It’s been a rapid rise for the academy product, who spent the second half of last season in England’s fourth tier.
However, just four of Andersen’s appearances have come from the start and with Newcastle expected to invest this summer as the club prepare for a European campaign next season, the Scotland u21 international could look to leave on loan.
Versatile and hard-working, he could prove to be a shrewd pick-up should Newcastle offer him a temporary route to regular football. He scored eight goals and provided five assists in 21 appearances for Bristol Rovers last season.
Omari Hutchinson is another prospect whose summer move to Chelsea has not worked out as planned. Hutchinson decided to leave Arsenal to sign for Chelsea last summer in the hope of a clearer path to first-team football, but the west London club’s record-breaking recruitment drive and managerial upheaval have complicated his chances of senior minutes.
The winger has featured for just 22 minutes in the Premier League after making his debut as a substitute against Manchester City in January, but has not been included in a senior matchday squad since.
A super solo effort from Omari Hutchinson in our 3-2 @PapaJohnsTrophy win last night! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ewpwOwcjf8
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 19, 2022
Hutchinson had impressed Graham Potter during a training camp before the season’s restart post-World Cup, but was unable to break into the club’s struggling side. The 19-year-old – who has won two caps for Jamaica at senior level – has scored seven goals and provided eight assists in 21 Premier League 2 appearances this season.
It is the sort of output that could attract loan interest form Championship clubs this summer.
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