The loan system has always intrigued me.
I see it as an ideal opportunity to bring somebody to the club for one of two reasons;
1 – To give a highly-rated youngster the chance to shine.
2 – To gauge how a player will fit into your squad before making a decision as to whether to make a permanent move for the player.
However, I do feel that, sometimes, the system is abused.
Take the current Premier League leaders Chelsea, currently, they have in excess of 40 players out on loan, to a variety of clubs spread throughout the English leagues and across Europe.
Surely that can’t be right, surely there should be a limit on numbers.
Here at Luton, on Saturday, we were unfortunate enough to see Luton’s latest loan signing, Eunan O’Kane, pick up a horrendous injury after coming on as a substitute against Bristol Rovers.
O’Kane, as the club confirms in the following tweet
INJURY UPDATE | Confirmation that @eunan10 suffered a fractured left tibia and fibula yesterday and will undergo surgery at the @LandDHospital today before returning to parent club @LUFC for his rehabilitation
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) September 16, 2018
has had his leg reset in an operation at the local hospital.
But, and here’s another point I find a little strange, Eunan will now return to his parent club to continue his long rehabilitation.
To me, that still strange, almost a case of thanks for letting us have him but now he’s broken we’re sending him back.
Obviously, I can see the sense in it with the parent club wanting to look after their charge, but I can’t help likening it to somebody buying something and then taking it back when its broke, but that’s just me.
However, I’d like you to join me in offering Eunan a speedy recovery, as some of the Hatters players have:
A well-deserved three points today, but the thoughts of all at the club tonight are with this man, who has made such a big impression on everyone in his fortnight here so far ????
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) September 15, 2018
Horrible to see what happened to eunan the weekend. Such bad luck for someone that has been a class act since he’s come to Luton. Wishing you a speedy recovery mate @eunan10 ????????????????
— Alan Sheehan (@sheezdogg) September 17, 2018
Good win yesterday and nice to get the clean sheet as well! Best wishes to @eunan10 on his road to recovery. ⚽️
— Matty Pearson (@mattypearson5) September 16, 2018