Loan watch: Four Premier League forwards on-loan across Europe
A host of Premier League teams sent a number of players out on loan in the summer transfer market, with each club having a different target for their departing stars. Are they trying to expose their player for a potential new suitor next summer? Or are they honestly hoping for them to gain experience so they have a brighter future in England?
Coral take a look at which loaned-out players are having a merry season ahead of the Christmas period.
The Spaniard, who once cost Chelsea (odds-on Premier League favourites at 1/2) £50m, failed to live up to expectations placed on him when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Anfield.
Torres, a World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner, was dispatched on a two-year loan deal to Italian giants, AC Milan, with Jose Mourinho hoping his flop forward can force a permanent move to the San Siro.
So far, it hasn’t gone to plan, with the former Kop hero struggling to make an impression on Milan boss Filippo Inzaghi. After scoring just a single goal all season, his last strike coming in September, the 30-year-old has lost his place in the side, prompting Inzaghi to utilise Jeremy Menez up front instead.
The struggling Spaniard’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in the summer of 2016, which also falls in line with the end of his loan-spell in Milan, suggesting that he may have already played his last game in a blue shirt.
Mexico’s menacing hit-man is on loan to Spanish giants Real Madrid, in a bid to recapture the goalscoring form that he first showed at Old Trafford. Louis van Gaal saw no need to keep Hernandez, nicknamed Chicharito, in his squad for his debut reign as manager of Manchester United, after capturing Radamael Falcao on-loan from Monaco.
Chicharito joined Los Blancos on a season-long loan deal but, after a dazzling start to the season, he has since been used sparingly, falling behind number one striker Karim Benzema in the pecking order. Now that Madrid favourite Jese Rodriguez has returned from a long-term injury layoff, Hernandez’s presence on the pitch could be cut even shorter, prompting rumours of ending his loan spell in January.
Having made just six La Liga appearances this season, scoring three including a Goal of the Month winner during the 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna, the 26-year-old’s long-term future remains uncertain. Hernandez is 3/1 to net last when his side face a visit from Ludogorets in the Champions League’s last round of group games this week.
Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool have made a turbulent start to the season, faltering down in ninth place in the Premier League table. With controversial new signing, Mario Balotelli, failing to find his feet at Anfield, the Reds could benefit from recalling Belgium international Origi, who is on-loan at French side Lille.
The loanee cost his parent club £10m in the summer, and the 19-year-old has sprung into life in Ligue 1, bagging four goals for his side. Liverpool are odds-on 4/6 to topple Basel in their crucial Champions League clash in midweek.
Manchester City opted to send Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo on-loan to his home country in the summer, joining Valencia on a season-long loan. Negredo got off to worst possible start on his return to Spain, with the former Sevilla target-man finding himself on the receiving end of a hostile reception, being booed by 11,000 fans at his own official welcome.
The Madrid-born loanee has just recovered from a fractured metatarsal and is in a poor run of form, striking only once in La Liga, in contrast to City star Sergio Aguero, who has managed 19 goals so far this season.