The best Premier League youngsters sent on loan in the summer window

After having a ball doing this last year, it would have been rude not to. Here are the best youngsters (23 years old or younger) out on loan from all 20 Premier League clubs.


Arsenal – Folarin Balogun (Stade Reims)
The Gunners are well known for their development of young talent and there are a few good prospects spending time elsewhere this campaign.

Nuno Tavares is at Marseille in France after a difficult debut season in north London, while Charlie Patino is getting some much-needed first-team minutes with Blackpool in the Championship.

Lesser known quantities such as Brooke Norton-Cuffy, Miguel Azeez, Omar Rekik, Mike Biereth, Marcelo Flores and Harry Clarke have also temporarily departed.

We have opted for Balogun, however, who has adapted very quickly to life in Ligue 1. The 21-year-old striker joined Stade Reims after a short spell with Middlesbrough last term. He scored in his opening three league fixtures, becoming the first player to do so for Reims since 1975, before netting another two, making it five goals and two assists in six matches for the French outfit.

Mikel Arteta and co. will be licking their lips at Balogun’s performances. He is on course to score over 30 league goals, for crying out loud! Good going, young man.


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Aston Villa – Kaine Kesler-Hayden (Huddersfield Town)
Villa have loaned out some darn good talent. The future is certainly bright for the Villans, even if the present is not.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace signed a new contract and joined Cardiff City for the season, Kesler-Hayden is with Huddersfield Town, Tim Iroegbunam joined Queens Park Rangers, Louie Barry is a division below with MK Dons and Aaron Ramsey is pulling on a strip for Norwich City.

Last year, I opted for Barry, but after a bit of research, it’s with a heavy heart that I pick Kesler-Hayden, who many Villa fans have tipped to become the club’s first-choice right-back pretty soon.


Bournemouth – Gavin Kilkenny (Stoke City)
With all due respect, there is not a lot of generational talent out on loan from the Vitality Stadium.

I only had two first-team players to choose from. One has played 23 minutes in League One for Shrewsbury. The other has played 94 minutes in the Championship for Stoke City.

Judging by that, Kilkenny is our man.

The Irish midfielder has played 24 times for Bournemouth, with 18 of his appearances coming last season.

There are a few youth players out on loan from Cherries, but the highest level any of them are playing at is League Two. So, yeah. A bit of a no-brainer this one.


Brentford – Mads Bech Sorensen (OGC Nice)
Sorensen played 15 times across all competitions last term as Brentford reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup and finished 13th in their maiden Premier League campaign.

Despite playing a decent amount in 2021/22, Thomas Frank obviously decided it is best for his compatriot to spend the season elsewhere. It does make sense given the signings of Ben Mee and Aaron Hickey.

There is a question mark over his future at the club, however, with less than a year left on his Bees contract.

The choice here was between Halil Dervisoglu and Sorensen. The latter was linked with a loan move to Hull City but ended up joining Burnley.


Brighton – Simon Adingra (Union Saint Gilloise)
Signed from Nordsjaelland for £7.2million in the summer transfer window, Adingra was quickly shipped out on loan to play his club football with Union Saint Gilloise in Belgium.

The Pro League outfit are competing in this season’s Europa League, which will be very handy for Brighton and Adingra.

It could have been the Champions League if it wasn’t for the most successful club in world football knocking Union SG out in the third qualifying round.

Adingra has played the full 90 minutes in two league matches for his new club, and he has scored in both of them. He only played 16 minutes against Union Berlin on Thursday night, but he probably won’t care too much as the Belgian side won 1-0 in Germany.

If last season’s version of this article is anything to go by, Adingra will return to Brighton, play a handful of games and become a £100million footballer.


Chelsea – Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bayer Leverkusen)
Well, well, well. Who do we have here?

Everyone knows young Hudson-Odoi. Came on the scene as a teenager. Was being compared to the likes of Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli. Fell way behind in terms of his progression.

Chelsea, like Arsenal, have a solid reputation when it comes to their academy, but tend to get pretty tasty fees for their youngsters, as opposed to the Gunners, who end up paying the other team to take their deadweight.

While Levi Colwill takes his talents to the south coast, Hudson-Odoi has walked onto the pathway that so many similar players have stepped on, moving to the Bundesliga.

I have faith in CHO to become a great player, and if can perform for Bayer Leverkusen, there is definitely a future for him at Stamford Bridge.

He would be a good player under Graham Potter if the new Blues head coach is still in charge when he returns. It’s Chelsea. We can’t rule anything out.


Crystal Palace – Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (Charlton Athletic)
After speaking to everyone’s favourite Crystal Palace fan on Twitter, I am now aware that Rak-Sakyi is “at Charlton ripping it up”.

The young winger is definitely doing well in League One, having scored two and assisted one in four appearances for Athletic.

The 19-year-old London-born winger will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Wilfried Zaha, Ebere Eze, Michael Olise and Malcolm Ebiowei in becoming a mainstay in Patrick Vieira’s first-team plans.


Everton – Jarrad Branthwaite (PSV)
Another player who has left a team not playing in Europe to play in the Europa League. And ANOTHER team who would have been playing in the Champions League if it wasn’t for that really successful Scottish team.

Minutes should hopefully not be too hard to come by with PSV for Branthwaite, with the Dutch club – managed by Ruud van Nistelrooy – competing in Europe and likely to get quite far in the KNVB Cup.

A few players with more experience than Branthwaite have also left Everton on loan, such as Dele Alli, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Andre Gomes, but they are obviously ruled out here.

This was a straightforward choice, with Branthwaite getting the nod ahead of last year’s pick Niels Nkounkou, and Joao Virginia.


Fulham – Rodrigo Muniz (Middlesbrough)
21-year-old Muniz was an unused substitute in Fulham’s opening two Premier League fixtures, so has been given the opportunity to pick up some minutes with Middlesbrough in the second tier.

The Brazilian scored five Championship goals last term, including two in a 3-2 win at Stoke in January.

To start the new season with Boro, Muniz has one in three. Unfortunately, his lone strike came in a defeat against Watford.


Leeds United – Charlie Cresswell (Millwall)
Leeds have loaned out Tyler Roberts after a couple of underwhelming seasons in the Premier League. I think it is fair to say he is not yet cut out for that level. Sorry, Ty.

This left a straight shootout between Cresswell and Jamie Shackleton, but it was a pretty easy choice.

20-year-old Cresswell is a pretty darn good central defender. He has joined Millwall for the season, who have signed a young top-flight centre-half on loan for the second year in a row after former Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard’s successful spell.

Cresswell had an eventful Millwall debut, netting both goals as his new side won 2-0. What a way to introduce yourself to your new teammates.


Leicester City – George Hirst (Blackburn Rovers)
He’s back! I picked Hirst last year too!

After netting a respectful 13 goals in 40 games for Portsmouth in League One last term, the young striker has made the step up to the Championship, joining Blackburn on loan in August.

Having only played nine minutes in the Premier League, it is clear to see that Brendan Rodgers isn’t too convinced yet. But given the fact he did well with Pompey and is now in the second tier, the Northern Irish manager definitely sees his potential. Whether or not Rodgers will be at Leicester to see that potential remains to be seen.

If history repeats itself in terms of his loan progression, Hirst will be on loan in the top flight next season.


Liverpool – Tyler Morton (Blackburn Rovers)
Blackburn, you stingy buggers. Get your wallet out, will you?!

Morton is highly rated at Liverpool and will look at Harvey Elliott for some inspiration. Elliott had a very productive loan spell with Rovers in 20/21 and if Morton can replicate that success, he might play a decent amount for the Reds next season.

The 19-year-old has featured in all seven of his new side’s fixtures since he joined at the start of last month, playing the full 90 of the last three encounters.

He is yet to score or assist in the Championship but has displayed some versatility, operating as a central midfielder, a defensive midfielder and even, in a Carabao Cup win against Bradford City, as a central defender.


Manchester City – Liam Delap (Stoke City)
Yan Couto and Issa Kabore look like they are decent players, but Delap seems like he might have a future at the Etihad, so that is why I picked him.

Southampton tried to sign the young striker on a permanent basis, but City were having none of it. So Pep Guardiola must be a fan. Or maybe he just knew he “cannoh replace him”.

Delap followed in the footsteps of his father Rory – who caused absolute mayhem in the Premier League thanks to his astonishing long throws – by joining Stoke. He literally made the likes of Arsenal hate playing at the Brittania back in the day. What a man.

This season represents a good opportunity for the son of Rory, who is yet to score in the Championship having made four appearances in the second tier.


Manchester United – Hannibal Mejbri (Birmingham City)
Amad Diallo would have been a shoo-in here if he didn’t have a woeful spell on loan with Rangers (the most successful football team of all time, if you didn’t know) in 21/22.

Instead, we have opted for passion merchant Mejbri, who definitely has the best name out of all the players on this list, although there is another one that is pretty cool. You’ll see it soon. No scrolling down too soon.

Mejbri was linked with a loan move to Birmingham all summer and eventually completed his temporary switch on August 29.

The teenager – who was signed for £9m from Monaco in 2019 – has played a little over half an hour for the Blues so far but will probably pick up some crucial minutes under John Eustace.


Newcastle United – Matty Longstaff (Colchester United)
Deary me. The bar is quite f***ing low here.

The worst Longstaff brother joined Aberdeen on loan last summer and was quite rubbish, so joined the biggest team in England, Mansfield Town, in January.

The 22-year-old looked like he was full of potential when he scored a winner against Manchester United in November 2019. But it has unfortunately not happened for him, while his brother, Sean, is still a part of the Magpies’ first team.

Matty will hope to perform well enough for Colchester in League Two that Eddie Howe sees something in him and awards him a second chance.


Nottingham Forest – Josh Bowler (Olympiacos)
Forest signed Bowler from Blackpool on deadline day, much to the dismay of many Blackpool fans. To rub salt in the wounds, the Reds sent him out on loan to Olympiacos straight away, as opposed to letting him stay at Blackpool.

It was between Bowler and Jonathan Panzo here, but Bowler edged it due to the reaction of the Tangerine supporters after it was his departure was confirmed.

Panzo is with Coventry City this season and is rated pretty highly by Forest fans.


Southampton – Nathan Tella (Burnley)
Burnley won the summer transfer window with their announcement videos, and Tella’s might have been the best of the lot.

Tella has hit the ground running under Vincent Kompany in the Championship, netting three goals in his opening six league appearances.

Will Smallbone has been given a loan opportunity, joining Stoke. Dan N’Lundulu is also on loan, joining Cheltenham Town for the season after impressing with a colossal two goals in 25 games for the Robins between January and the end of last term.

Tella, who has an equally impressive two goals in 41 games for the Saints, will hope to maintain his early-season form as he looks to become an important player for Ralph Hasenhuttl when he returns for pre-season in 2023.


Tottenham – Destiny Udogie (Udinese)
This was the other cool name I was on about, in case you didn’t know. Destiny is pretty cool, right?

Anyhow, this guy is good. And he was signed and loaned out to his former club right away. As was last year’s pick, Pape Matar Sarr.

The explosive youngster was signed for around £16m and has scored twice in four games for Udinese this term, including one against Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma in his side’s 4-0 demolition job.

The fact Udogie is playing as a left-wing-back in a 3-5-2 bodes well for him when he returns to Spurs. If his performances continue, he might slot straight into Antonio Conte’s best XI.

Any other season, Dane Scarlett would have been our pick, because he is brilliant and is doing well for Portsmouth, but Destiny is just too good.


West Ham – Armstrong Oko-Flex (Swansea City)
Oko-Flex is an exciting young winger who is already getting Swansea fans on the edge of their seats.

The Dublin-born forward only has one appearance for the West Ham first team, so loaning him out was a great decision, and joining the Swans will be good for his development.

There is some pressure on Oko-Flex to perform this season given the fact he is out of contract in 2023. If he doesn’t make David Moyes and co. take notice, he will probably not receive a new deal.

If his debut is anything to go by, he might be a consistent Premier League player within the next few years.


Wolves – Fabio Silva (Anderlecht)
Silva has not impressed me at all since he joined for a whopping £36m fee from Porto as an 18-year-old in 2020. Yeah, that is a very questionable one.

It was between himself and Ki-Jana Hoever here, but it would appear the latter’s attitude absolutely stinks.

Bruno Lage criticised Hoever back in March and it seems that his words have been justified with the 20-year-old full-back already struggling for game time with PSV.

Back to £36m man Silva. He has scored an impressive seven goals in 12 matches for Anderlecht, which is pretty good going given he looked like a fish riding a bike in the Premier League for Wolves.

Silva scored the only goal of the game for his new side in their Europa Conference League win against Silkeborg IF on Thursday. He might actually come back as a pretty good player.

Instead of terminating his loan (if they are even allowed to do that), Wolves have opted to sign former Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Make of that what you will.

This is amid an injury crisis at the club, with summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffering an ACL injury on his debut. Poor sod.

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