Date:Thursday June 21 2007
With the news that Bolton have signed Danny Guthrie on a season long loan from Liverpool, I have to question the loan system.
This might sound like sour grapes as I would have loved to see him back at Southampton next season.
But Southampton themselves have also been guilty of it, with Inigo Idiakez having a spell at QPR just last season.
So what is my issue? Well it's loaning players to teams in the same division. Personally I think it is wrong and doesn't help teams further down the football league pyramid.
Football teams, especially in the Premiership, are now bigger in size then they ever used to be.
These players either waste their time in the reserves league or go out on loan with little or no chance of ever breaking into their first team squad.
But do we support a strong Football League by loaning players down the divisions? No you get Ben Foster spending a year in the Premiership with Watford before returning to Manchester United and Danny Guthrie joining Bolton from Liverpool.
Did it do Leon Best any harm going down a league to Yeovil? He came back and broke into the Southampton team due to his goal scoring form and obviously our disastrous luck with injuries.
Even David Beckham spent time at lower league side Bury.
It didn't adversely affect them and I believe the FA should do something about it.
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