It’s time these players took the next career step and agreed a loan move

first_img 8 Ben Woodburn (Liverpool) – Woodburn’s name has been thrown into the limelight for Liverpool this season, with Jurgen Klopp displaying his trust in the youngster’s ability in the first team. But while this term will have been exciting for him, the prospect of new attacking signings to add to an already formidable front line means he isn’t in for much playing time. A loan deal would be a sensible decision and by no means ends his time at Anfield. 8 8 8 Joe Gomez (Liverpool) – Gomez’s first season at Anfield was sadly disrupted by a serious knee injury, which has affected his position in the first team. He’s returned to fitness, but hasn’t been close to senior action. The 19-year-old will be growing frustrated with his role at Anfield and Bournemouth are reportedly interested in a deal. The Reds are unlikely to want to cash in on him yet, so a loan deal could suit all. Sam Byram (West Ham United) – The right-back position has been a problem for the Hammers this season. Byram missed 16 games between October and January in all competitions with a hamstring problem and since returning to fitness he doesn’t seem to have the full trust of Slaven Bilic. He’s struggling for consistency in the Premier League, with plenty unconvinced over his ability in the top flight. At 23, however, he still has time to prove his critics wrong and could benefit from a loan move. A lack of playing time brings up worrying questions for a footballer.Plenty are torn between patiently waiting for an opportunity in the first team or considering their options outside of the club.For some in the Premier League, the challenges of this season could result in significant decisions concerning their future in the summer.So who ought to be considering a loan move when the campaign comes to a close?Scroll through the gallery above to take a look at six players we believe should be looking to seal a temporary spell away from their club. Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) – Loftus-Cheek is making minimal progress at Chelsea and it has to be this summer that he makes his first step away from Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte has used the midfielder sparingly in cup competitions, suggesting he isn’t convinced he’s yet got what it takes to perform in the top flight. It’s worrying that he’s been content with a bit-part role over the past two seasons. He simply has to test himself elsewhere if he is to have a future in the Premier League. 8 8 Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at five other players we believe should move on loan this summer – Iheanacho has been immensely reliable in front of goal when called upon by City, but the arrival of Gabriel Jesus has seen the 20-year-old drift further down the pecking order. Pep Guardiola will have recognised his potential and might well encourage the forward himself to gain first team experience elsewhere. He won’t be short of offers. Josh Onomah (Tottenham Hotspur) – Spurs through and through, having graduated from their academy, Onomah is patiently waiting to take his place in the first team. There was talk of a loan move for the 20-year-old last summer, but Mauricio Pochettino insisted he’s key to his plans. With only one FA Cup start to his name this season, though, it might be foolish if Spurs were to keep their young talent on the sidelines. 8 Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) – It’s not been a bad season for Iwobi, as far as playing time is concerned. He’s started 18 in the Premier League – a figure much higher than expected at the start of the campaign. The last month and a half has seen him lose his place, however, and it might be wise for him to consider a loan move, particularly if new attacking signings are made. 8 Axel Tuanzebe (Manchester United) – Jose Mourinho has introduced Tuanzebe to his team this month, with the 19-year-old starting against Arsenal and Tottenham. His keeping of Alexis Sanchez quiet in the 2-0 defeat to the Gunners was a promising sign of his future. It could be beneficial to see how he performs with regular first team football next season.last_img read more