The development of Mason Mount shows the benefits of a successful loan spell


A loan move from the Premier League to the Football League can often be hugely beneficial in helping a player’s development. The opportunity to play every week and gain confidence is often seen as far better than playing in under-23 and under-18 matches.

Mason Mount played a huge part in Derby County’s run to the Championship play-off final in 2019. The young English attacking midfielder impressed everyone including his parent club, Chelsea.

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Mount’s return to Chelsea

Mount went on to return to Chelsea in 2019 and has since scored 16 goals in almost 100 appearances. This form has resulted in England call-ups and he is widely expected to be a key element of their squad for the upcoming European Championships.

This again provides evidence as to the benefits of a loan spell, where a player gets the first-team experience that they certainly wouldn’t have at their parent club.

Derby, on the other hand, have struggled since Mount returned to Chelsea. They are currently in a fight to stay in the Championship. The current English Championship odds have them down at 9/2 to get relegated.

Other successful loan spells

Fellow Chelsea player Tammy Abraham spent the 2018/2019 season playing for Aston Villa. Like Mount, Abraham is now a key part of the current Chelsea squad under Thomas Tuchel. While he may not be getting the game time he wants right now, he has an impressive record of 21 goals in 56 games.

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Going further back in time, David Beckham famously once spent time at Preston North End before he was given a regular place in his Manchester United side.

Beckham was sent out during the 1994/1995 season and went on to score two goals in five appearances in the fourth tier of English football. Both of those goals were somewhat career highlights, given that one was direct from a corner and the other a sweet free-kick.

Which players might be looking for a loan move in the summer?

Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour might see his immediate future away from Stamford Bridge. The West-London side will be looking to further strengthen their squad in the upcoming transfer window, and this would potentially put Gilmour further down the pecking order.

Teden Mengi of Manchester United moved to Derby on loan in January 2021 and could be on the move again. Will he extend his loan spell at Pride Park or would he be able to get a loan spell in the Premier League?

The current Derby County manager Wayne Rooney might be looking to further utilize his contacts at Manchester United and Everton and gain some more of their young players on loan.

Everton’s Tyler Onyango is an 18-year-old midfielder that made his debut during the 2020/2021 season and he is another player that might be looking for a temporary move away from his parent club. It’s possible that Pride Park could be a potential destination.

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What do players and their parent club look for in a loan move?

A club might look to send a player to a club where this is an existing relationship – going back to the example of Mason Mount, Chelsea sent him on loan to a manager in Frank Lampard that they trusted to aid his development.

This allows for the parent club to have a bit more influence on the player’s development from afar. This was infamously evident when Alex Ferguson helped his son, Darren, at Preston North End, sending a number of future stars to Deepdale (and eventually recalling them when Ferguson Jr. was sacked).

However, the only real goal can be to allow young players or squad members on the fringes of the first team to get senior minutes under their belt. Needless to say, this experience often proves to be invaluable in players’ development.