Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy will have to change the way he uses the loan market next season
Ipswich Town have had mixed success in the emergency loan window in recent years – for every Jonny Williams there has been a Zeki Fryers.
It’s been the same for most Football League clubs over the last 13 years but, as of next season, that option will no longer be available to them.
World governing body FIFA have always seen it as an unnecessary loophole. They say that it “affects the sporting integrity of competitions”.
Last year they tried to outlaw it but were forced to delay the rule change by 12 months after much complaining from the football fraternity. Next season it will be scrapped.
It will certainly make things interesting.
Premier League clubs love the option of sending out youngsters to gain valuable experience, knowing they can recall them at any moment, while Football League clubs can benefit from having top talent for a while.
The term ‘emergency’ has always been a loose one of course. Players are often brought in to strengthen squads rather than to cover an injury crisis.
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There are around 500 emergency loans in the Football League every year. That works out at an average of seven per club.
From next season, clubs will only have two options when it comes to loans – full season or half season. Players will be less transient, but it will increase the cost for cash-strapped lower league clubs.
Under the current system they can get players in on a month-by-month basis, but being forced to commit to longer loan spells may prove prohibitive.
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has lamented the upcoming change. He said “It will put extra pressure on the managers not to take young players in case they don’t work out, which cuts down our development of young players.”
Former Carlisle boss Greg Abbott said: “It will crucify some of the smaller clubs financially. We either go with a small squad, or overload the squad with players and financially we cause the club a problem. We will have to gamble.”