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Assessing Potential Prem Loanees

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During the fixture release breakfast, there were a number of telling comments made by Town’s CEO Julian Winter about the approach Huddersfield Town were going to take this summer.

One of the most intriguing remarks from Winter was regarding the exploration of Premier League loans.

“Looking at the loans market we’re getting creative with a couple of Premier League boys, as we did last time we were in the Championship. That served us really well and we should look to that again because it does work, so yeah, it’s quite exciting in that regard.”

It is a further promising sign that Town are looking to right the wrongs of last summer by returning to a tried and tested method which proved so successful the last time Town were in the Championship.

This was further reiterated by Phil Hodgkinson who made the bold claim that the Premier League loanees identified would have a similar impact to that of Aaron Mooy.

In that promotion winning season, Town seemingly stumbled across some of the most influential loan signings in recent Football League history.

Many will point to Aleksandr Mitrovic’s contributions for Fulham. However, the individual, meaningful impact that each of Danny Ward, Aaron Mooy and Izzy Brown had, as well as the first half of the season cameo from Kasey Brown which shouldn’t be forgotten, was unprecedented.

Despite his comments, Hodgkinson et al will have great difficulty finding Premier League loanees that can have such an incredible impact once again. Nevertheless, a return to this strategy is more than welcomed. 

This piece identifies four potential Premier League loanees, each of which addresses an area that is either in need of strengthening or could further complement the complexion of the squad, currently being rebuilt by Jan Siewert.

Aaron Ramsdale

What area will he strengthen?

Losing Jonas Lössl unfortunately to Everton and with Ben Hamer expected to leave also, the goalkeeping position is one that is desperately in need of strengthening this summer.

Whilst both Ryan Schofield and Joel Coleman have shown promise, there’s a feeling that this season is one too short for either to stake their claim and break into the side.

Therefore, any new arrival in the goalkeeping department will be expected to come in and hit the ground running as the first choice keeper.

Likelihood of a loan?

One of the earliest names linked with a move to Town this summer was AFC Bournemouth’s goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale.

Spending the second half of last season at AFC Wimbledon, Ramsdale’s arrival and the consistency of his performances contributed directly towards AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable relegation survival.

Following such a successful loan spell, reports emerged that Ramsdale would once again be sent out on loan, this time to the Championship.

Where would he fit into Siewert’s plans?

Hungry, ambitious and a leader on the field, these personality traits do seem to fit the criteria of what Jan Siewert is looking for as he looks to continue shaping the squad to his liking.

With Town in the market for a first choice goalkeeper and the England Under 21 international being in need of a new club to continue his development, Town could be the perfect fit.

We have seen how Jan Siewert has added to the talented English core already at the club with the signings of Josh Koroma and Reece Brown and Ramsdale would add to that.

Krystian Bielik

What area would he strengthen?

Capable of anchoring the midfield or playing as a ball-playing centre half, Bielik would offer competition and cover for Town’s holding midfield position, as well as being able to play in his more preferred position at centre half.

With Jonathan Hogg, Christopher Schindler, Terence Kongolo and Zanka all attracting attention from potential suitors, Bielik would be able to act as a suitable replacement for any one of the above.

There is Jon Gorenc Stankovic who is of a similar mould and one that Siewert turned to towards the end of last season. However, Bielik seems a more polished player and offers more mobility, which is vital to be successful in the Championship.

Likelihood of a loan?

Having spent last season on loan with Charlton Athletic, a successful loan spell which saw him play an integral role in their promotion to the Championship, another season-long loan in the Football League is on the cards.

His performances from last season, as well as an impressive cameo for Poland in the U21 European Championships in Italy, makes it likely that there will be a long list of suitors interested.

Bielik himself has stated that if he is not part of Arsenal’s plans next season that he will once again be on the lookout for first team opportunities elsewhere – a spell in the Championship seems the obvious next step in the development of the talented Pole.

Where would he fit into Siewert’s plans?

Bielik’s flexibility and versatility could be invaluable for Siewert to have at his disposal, especially if either his midfield or defence is weakened by departures.

However, Bielik’s main attributes are his reading of the game and his comfort on the ball. The latter of which may be something that Jan Siewert finds particularly appealing.

Bielik’s willingness to step out of defence and play passes between the lines is precisely what Siewert will need if he is to implement a more direct attacking style of play.

This makes Bielik a progressive, modern-day ball-playing defender, potentially the missing jigsaw piece that Siewert needs to fully implement his footballing philosophy.

Ivan Cavaleiro

What area would he strengthen?

With Adama Diakhaby expected to depart at some point this summer, space is likely to be freed for Town to add some much-needed quality in the wide areas.

Ivan Cavaleiro who is capable of playing anywhere across the front line, including wing or even as a centre forward, would be an immediate improvement on what Town currently has and bolster Town’s attack significantly.

The arrival of Cavaleiro, who is proven at the Championship level and regarded as one of the best in his position in the league would be a bold statement of intent by Phil Hodgkinson and it would give us an indication of what we’re looking to achieve next season.

Likelihood of a loan?

Like Josh Koroma, Cavaleiro is another name that has been on Town’s radar for a lengthy amount of time.

It was believed that Town made a substantial offer for the Wolves winger last summer, but the move never materialised.

With Wolves having lofty ambitions and Nuno Espirito Santo expected to strengthen his squad heavily this summer, reports have suggested that Ivan Cavaleiro has become surplus to requirements and Wolves are open to offers for him.

With renewed optimism and the opportunity arisen for Cavaleiro to leave Molineux, it would not be a surprise to see Town’s interest in the winger return and, at the very least, an ambitious attempt to bring him on board to be made.

Where would he fit into Siewert’s plans?

As Town have struggled to find a reliable source of chance creation and goal contributions in the wide areas, Siewert will need to rectify that this summer.

In that regard, Cavaleiro seems the perfect option. He alone could go a long way towards resolving one of Town’s more significant issues, and he would arrive as a surprisingly affordable solution.

Cavaleiro’s final season in the Championship saw a return of nine goals and twelve assists, a contribution which saw him play a major role in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League.

The prospect of a similar return in the coming season would make him a stellar loan signing, and one which Town would face fierce competition from a long list of highly ambitious Championship sides.

With huge amounts of interest in the Portuguese international expected, it would be quite the coup if Town could secure the 25-year-old’s services for next season, even if it’s just on a season-long loan.

Eddie Nketiah 

What area would he strengthen?

With Laurent Depoitre already departing and talk of Steve Mounie also potentially being on the move this summer, a search for further striking options is on the cards.

More than likely, Town will look abroad for a potential replacement. However, there is a possibility that one of the Premier League loanees will be a striker.

One such player could be Eddie Nketiah.

Likelihood of a loan?

Having made only ten appearances last season for Arsenal, five of which was in the Premier League, Nketiah may be hungry for more first team minutes with a loan move in the Football League being the perfect answer.

Having reached the stage in his development where he would benefit from regular first team appearances at the senior level, Arsenal may also see a loan move as the next logical step.

Yet to have a taste of senior lower league football, Nketiah has been linked with Bristol City and a number of Championship sides who see Nketiah in a similar light to Tammy Abraham, a promising English forward that is ready to take the next step.

Where would he fit in Siewert’s plans?

A chronic lack of goals has been the stigma attached to Town for the entirety of their tenure in the Premier League and it’s hard to argue against it.

In fact, the case could be made that Town’s striker options, Karlan Grant excluded, have stagnated.

As Jan Siewert looks to revive Town’s attack this summer, the easiest way to do so will be through personnel changes.

With a turn of pace, intelligent movement and an eye for goal, Nketiah would add further vibrancy to the growing pool of exuberant youthful attackers at the club, giving Siewert further attacking options to have at his disposal.

Whereas some of the players mentioned above are more accomplished and are much closer to the finished product, Nketiah’s potential is enormous and he is a player that would fit Siewert’s system and thrive if he is given the opportunity and supplied with adequate service.