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Seven Premier League Loanees Currently Thriving In Europe

Seven Premier League Loanees Currently Thriving In Europe

Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United players are among the Premier League loanees who have thrived while on loan in Europe in 2023-24.

The method is an excellent option for top clubs to send out their young players to obtain crucial first-team experience or to get some of their undesired stars off their books for the season.

We took a closer look at each Premier League club and identified seven stars who have thrived while on loan in Europe this season.


1. Kieran Tierney

The Arsenal player joined Real Sociedad on loan for the season, and the full-back quickly established himself. Tierney's debut was regarded as "exquisite" by Sociedad manager Imanol Alguacil after an eye-catching start.

The 26-year-old also earned man-of-the-match honours against Valencia, assisting on the game's lone goal. 

However, Tierney has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, and he is now poised to miss time.

"Kieran has suffered a major muscle tear," Alguacil explained to reporters. "It's a pity. It's a serious injury, but it's not out of the norm. As I often say, each player is unique, as is their recuperation time.

“Time will tell when he will return, but it was a classic muscle tear that will take him time to recover from. But he will recover and we hope as soon as possible.”

2. Joao Cancelo

We've all heard that Guardiola doesn't take any prisoners, and if you get on his bad side, you're out of the club. 

Cancelo joined Barcelona this season after spending last season on loan with Bayern Munich.

He is one of the best full-backs in the world when he's at his best, and he's been demonstrating that this season in La Liga. 

In his first six league games, the 29-year-old has already won three man-of-the-match awards and contributed three goals.

“Cancelo comes from a coach (Pep Guardiola) who for me is the best and he interprets everything very well,” Xavi told reporters. “We have spoken to him and he has understood.

“With Joao Felix, we watched a video with him yesterday. They both give variants that make the team better. Physically, they are strong. They raise the quality of the team, which in general has been very good.” 

3. Troy Parrott

Tottenham opted to move Parrott to Eredivisie team Excelsior to continue his development after a succession of loan appearances in the EFL.

Parrott has now scored two goals for his new team in just 71 minutes of action. All five of his Excelsior appearances have come from the bench, but with a scoring record like that, it won't be long before he is pushing for a starting spot. 

4. Kepa Arrizabalaga

After Thibaut Courtois suffered an apparent ACL tear, Real Madrid swiftly signed Kepa on a season-long loan. 

While his stint at Chelsea was less than stellar, he's been a consistent performer in La Liga thus far.

Despite a few nervous moments, Kepa has done well for Carlo Ancelotti's team. 

The 29-year-old has four clean sheets in seven league games, preventing 1.2 goals based on the xG he has faced. Overall, that's not too bad.


5. Romelu Lukaku

Mauricio Pochettino made it obvious from the start that Lukaku was not in his long-term plans at Chelsea, and the Belgian forward did not appear to be interested in staying. Roma won the competition for his signature and signed him on a season-long loan.

Despite his flaws, Lukaku still understands how to reach the back of the goal in Italy. The 30-year-old has seven goals in his first eight Roma outings, which is more than any Chelsea player has managed so far.

“Romelu needs to feel loved and wanted,” Jose Mourinho told reporters. “When he came here, he could sense the team needed a player like him. He likes to win – that’s in his nature. I think he’s really happy.”

6. Yan Couto

Couto has yet to make his senior debut for Manchester City, but the youngster has impressed during his previous loan appearances. 

The Brazilian full-back spent last season on loan with Girona and has rejoined the Spanish club this summer.

Couto has already contributed three goals in his first eight appearances this season and has mostly impressed while in Spain. 

Pep Guardiola will undoubtedly be watching his progress closely this season.


7. Alvaro Fernandez 

Despite the absence of fellow left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia, Erik ten Hag made the audacious decision to loan Fernandez out. 

The Spanish defender impressed on loan with Preston North End last season and is already garnering praise from Granada fans this season.

Fernandez is at his finest when allowed to explode forward, but his defensive game has improved dramatically in the previous year. 

In Granada's recent 2-2 tie with Barcelona, the 20-year-old certainly struck the attention.

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