Nine players on loan who could play in the Premier League next season

As Premier League clubs look to bolster their squad with new signings this summer, they could also welcome back some of their loanees.

The likes of Mason Mount, Emile Smith Rowe and Harry Kane all enjoyed loan deals before establishing themselves as Premier League regulars.

We’ve looked at nine players on loan who are currently impressing in other divisions and could feature in the Premier League next season.

Guillaume Saliba

Despite joining Arsenal in a £27million deal in the summer of 2019, Saliba is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.

The central defender has returned to Saint-Etienne – the Arsenal club signed him from – for the 2019-20 season before spending the second half of 2020-21 on loan at Nice.

He joined Marseille ahead of 2021-22 and has had a brilliant season, recording 20 clean sheets in 51 appearances in all competitions.

The French international helped Marseille qualify for the Champions League for next season and also won the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.

According to TEAMtalkSaliba has attracted interest from Atletico Madrid but wants to return to Arsenal this summer and fight for his place in the first team.

Julian Alvarez

Alvarez joined Manchester City on deadline day in the January transfer window before being immediately loaned out to River Plate.

Granted, Erling Haaland has also since joined City and will undoubtedly be one of the first names in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI next season.

But Alvarez is considered one of South America’s most gifted young players and can still make an impact in the Premier League in 2022-23.

The Argentina international has recorded 12 direct goal contributions in 15 appearances for River Plate in 2022 and can play anywhere in the front three.

He could also have plenty of opportunities as Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling also face uncertain futures at the Etihad while Haaland has struggled with injury problems this season.

James Garner

Manchester United’s problems in midfield have been well documented this season, but the solution could be right under their noses.

Garner spent the second half of last season on loan at Nottingham Forest and has decided to return to the City Ground for 2021-22.

The 21-year-old has been one of the best midfielders in the Championship this season, registering four goals and eight assists as Forest finished fourth.

He also impressed against Premier League opposition, producing brilliant performances against Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool in Forest’s FA Cup run.

“For me he has all the attributes,” Forest’s Jack Colback said of Garner’s ability to play in the Premier League. “He’s very good with the ball, technically his range of passing is great but he also has the other side, which is defensive.

“I think he doesn’t get the credit, but he’s really good defensively, he covers a lot, gets a lot of tackles and you need that.

“Like any player, you have to keep your head down, keep working, never think you’ve done enough, but Jimmy will have as many chances as anyone.”

Garner would have the opportunity to impress new United manager Erik ten Hag during pre-season, but he could stay at Forest for another season if they gain promotion to the Premier League.

Ethan Ampadu

With Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season as Chelsea desperately need new centre-backs.

They will no doubt use the transfer market once the Todd Boehly takeover is complete, but they could also promote one of their loanees.

Ampadu spent the last two seasons at RB Leipzig and Sheffield United before signing a new contract at Chelsea and joining Serie A side Venezia on loan for a season.

While the Wales international couldn’t prevent their relegation to Serie B, he showed his ability as a modern defender on the ball and was one of their best players.

He now hopes to follow in the footsteps of Trevoh Chalobah, who had three loan spells away from Chelsea before enjoying a brilliant breakthrough season in 2021-22.

Levi Colwill

But Ampadu is not the only Chelsea loanee hoping to fill the centre-back void at Stamford Bridge next season.

Colwill, who came through the Chelsea academy and has been compared to John Terry, is getting his first taste of senior football on loan at Huddersfield Town.

The 19-year-old has gone from strength to strength over the season, keeping 13 clean sheets in 29 league appearances as the The Terriers finished third.

He would be in Thomas Tuchel’s plans for next season but Leicester City, Southampton and Bournemouth are all said to be interested in the defender.

“I think I’m ready [for the Premier League]. I’ve learned a lot this year so the next step I hope will be in the Premier League with Chelsea, Huddersfield or whoever. he told The Athletic.

neco williams

Despite being highly rated at Liverpool, Williams understandably struggled for regular playing time with Trent Alexander-Arnold occupying his position.

The right-back joined Fulham on loan in January 2022 and recorded four direct goal contributions in 14 appearances as they lifted the league title.

He can return to Liverpool as an assistant to Alexander-Arnold and will have first-team opportunities as Jurgen Klopp’s side aim for multiple trophies again in 2022-23.

But Fulham want his loan to be permanent this summer and are said to be ready to pay £12m for his signature.

Although we don’t know who Williams will be playing for next season, we’d be surprised if it’s not a Premier League club.

Ian Maatsen

The third Chelsea player to make this list, Maatsen spent the 2020-21 season on loan at League One side Charlton before moving to the Championship with Coventry City.

He maintained his impressive performance at the second tier, registering three goals and an assist from the left back seat.

The 20-year-old was named Coventry City’s Young Player of the Year and is now hoping to claim a first-team spot at Chelsea.

Marcos Alonso has been linked with a move to Barcelona and Maatsen could play a back-up role for Ben Chilwell in 2022-23.

Ellis Sims

Simms swapped Manchester City’s academy for Everton in 2017 and set a sensational goalscoring record for the Toffees at youth level.

He made his Premier League debut in an appearance against Chelsea in December 2021 and then joined Hearts on loan a few weeks later.

The 21-year-old striker has scored seven goals in 20 appearances in all competitions, including a sensational strike against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

He has been linked with a return to Tynecastle before 2022-23 but could be in Frank Lampard’s plans for next season.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who has been plagued by injury problems this season, is attracting interest from Newcastle United and Richarlison has been linked with Manchester United.

Morgan Gibbs-White

Gibbs-White made his senior debut for Wolves aged 16 in January 2017 and was seen as the next big thing.

But his progress has stalled in recent years and he joined Sheffield United on loan in August 2021 in search of regular first-team football.

The midfielder registered 11 goals and nine assists in 36 appearances, helping the Blades finish fifth in the league and secure a play-off spot.

His impressive and consistent performances in 2021-22 have also seen him win the club’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

“They are two very, very sensational players,” said Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp when asked about Gibbs-White and his compatriot Iliman Ndiaye. “Similar but different in the same breath

“Morgan runs all day, he’s got a lot of tricks. Scores a lot of goals and assists too.

According to TEAMtalkWolves are ready to fend off any interest in the 22-year-old and boss Bruno Lage will give him the chance to impress in pre-season.


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