Every Premier League club’s best performing loanee this season, including Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham and Liverpool’s Harry Wilson
It’s a pretty odd existence, being out on loan, especially if you’re one of the 39 Chelsea players at various clubs across the world.
Some youngsters travel thousands of miles just to sit on a different bench, while others stumble upon their big break.
It can feel like a bit of a lottery.
One way to stand out from the crowd is to bag four goals in a match, as Tammy Abraham did for Aston Villa in their thrilling 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
With Chelsea currently struggling for goals up front, Abraham’s impressive form at Villa Park begs the question: ‘Why not give him a chance in the Premier League?’
Here, talkSPORT.com takes one player from each Premier League club making waves elsewhere.
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Arsenal – Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim)
The highly-rated 18-year-old is tearing up the Bundesliga, with six goals in eight games already. He won the league’s Rookie of the Month award for October and it’s no wonder Hoffenheim want to make the move permanent.
Bournemouth – Harry Arter (Cardiff)
The Irishman has endeared himself to the Cardiff faithful with his never-say-die attitude and ferocious tackling. While Bournemouth have certainly moved on, Arter is perfectly-suited to a relegation scrap and will be invaluable to the Bluebirds this season.
Brighton – Oliver Norwood (Sheffield United)
One of the Blades’ standout performers during their excellent start to the Championship season. A stunning goal against Brentford on Tuesday night continued his superb spell in the second tier.
Burnley – Nahki Wells (QPR)
The Bermuda forward is a regular for QPR, who are on a fantastic run of form following a dreadful start to the campaign. Wells has contributed three goals for Steve McClaren’s side.
Cardiff – Rhys Healey (MK Dons)
Loaned out five times either side of a serious knee injury, Healey is finding some form with the Dons, scoring six goals in 14 appearances.
Chelsea – Tammy Abraham (Aston Villa)
Take your pick! Tiemoue Bakayoko is finding his feet at AC Milan, Kenedy is beginning to shine at Newcastle, and Mason Mount earned his first senior England call-up after an impressive start to life at Derby. But four goals in one game cannot be overlooked and Abraham currently has the best goals-per-minute ratio of any player in the Championship.
Crystal Palace – Tyler Brown (Kingstonian)
Brown, 20, has started 13 games for Kingstonian, where he is on-loan with fellow Palace youngster James Daly. Both are highly-rated by the Palace staff.
Everton – Nikola Vlasic (CSKA Moscow)
The 21-year-old has started every single domestic and Champions League game for the Russian club, won their Player of the Month award in September and featured for Croatia against England in the Nations League at Wembley.
Fulham – Marek Rodak (Rotherham)
The goalkeeper is an ever-present for Rotherham, keeping five clean sheets so far this season, and he even scored a last-gasp winner for Slovakia U21s against Iceland U21s in September:
Huddersfield – Jack Payne (Bradford)
Despite Bradford’s terrible form, Payne has performed well, scoring four goals including one on his debut.
Leicester – Harvey Barnes (West Brom)
Barnes, 20, is demonstrating exactly why he is one of the most sought-after youngsters in the Premier League with six goals from midfield in 19 West Brom appearances.
Liverpool – Harry Wilson (Derby)
The 21-year-old Welshman is already a Reds legend after his wonderful free-kick at Old Trafford, which helped Derby dump Manchester United out the Carabao Cup Take that moment away and he has still been mightily impressive, with five Championship goals so far this term.
Manchester City – Matt Smith (FC Twente)
Smith, 18, has impressed so much that when he was called up to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the recent internationals, Twente asked for his game time to be managed so that he would definitely be available upon return.
Manchester United – Axel Tuanzebe (Aston Villa)
The Red Devils are crying out for a top class defender and they’ve got a pretty good one out on loan at Villa. Tuanzebe has made himself first-choice at Villa Park and will only get better under the coaching of former Chelsea defender and Villa assistant John Terry.
Newcastle United – Dwight Gayle (West Brom)
Gayle has once again proven himself to be a prolific Championship marksman with nine goals already for the Baggies. His form must’ve been quite bewildering for Newcastle fans when they were seriously struggling for goals earlier this season.
Southampton – Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord)
After helping Club Brugge to the Belgian league title last year, Clasie linked up with former club Feyenoord for the 2018/19 season, where he continues to impress in midfield.
Tottenham – Marcus Edwards (Excelsior)
The 19-year-old took a gamble to get more first team football and it has paid off. He has started seven Eredivisie matches and looks increasingly bright with the ball at his feet.
Watford – Cucho Hernandez (Huesca)
Hernandez, considered one of the brightest young strikers in Europe, scored 121 seconds into Huesca’s game at the Nou Camp and 32 seconds into his full international debut for Colombia last month. The Barcelona match, however, ended in a humbling 8-2 defeat.
West Ham – Josh Cullen (Charlton)
Cullen has already left an impression on Charlton boss Lee Bowyer, who reportedly wants to sign him permanently.
Wolves – Rafa Mir (Las Palmas)
One of many Wolves stars out on loan, Mir has scored four times in the Spanish second tier in a side pushing for promotion.
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