Arsene Wenger says he’s not against the loan system, but believes that players should be free to play against the club that ‘owns’ them.
Earlier this week, Jose Mourinho talked about the benefit of having Romelu Lukaku out on loan at Everton. The Chelsea boss, and one of football’s biggest twats, said, “I’m happy that he’s scoring goals against our direct rivals, and he doesn’t score against us because he can’t. But he’s there. It’s good for his evolution. It’s good for Chelsea because he belongs to us for a long time.”
When clubs with deep pockets can afford to snap up talent then loan them to another club knowing that player can’t have any impact on them, it does seem unfair, and that’s something that Wenger would like to see changed.
“Once you are on loan, it should be a transfer – you play for the club,” he said.
“You cannot play for the club only in 19 games and not against another club. f you ask me my opinion, I am not against loans, but you should be capable to play against everybody.
“Even if you want to loan a player and you said tomorrow you cannot do it any more, you always find people can sell a player for one year with a buy-back clause and get the player back, but then he can play against everybody, that would be a bit more normal.”
Of course there is the issue of what happens when an on-loan player misses a sitter against ‘his’ club. Is he accused of doing it on purpose, or did he just Chamakh the chance?
It’s a complicated one, but Wenger’s solution is probably the best and fairest.