Saul and Kim Kallstrom’s place in this squad may be under threat from the Brazilian on loan from Liverpool. The Reds are already represented by a defender turned striker…
Not all loan deals work – as Liverpool reports. The Reds loaned Arthur Melo from Juventus when they were scrambling to get a midfielder close to the deadline, but There is already talk of him returning it to the old lady.
So here’s the eleventh point for horrific or weird loan-only conversions. Just to give this miserable team one less chance at any hypothetical game they might have to play, we send them out in a hopelessly tight, unbalanced 3-4-3 hoping for the best while expecting the worst. And he, in his way, is just convenient.
Goalkeeper: Andy Guram (Manchester United)
I must admire anyone with the nickname “Goalkeeper”. Not so bad as utterly weird, Rangers and Scottish legend Guram He was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson during a goalkeeper crisis that saw United miss Fabian Barthez and Raymond van der Goe through injury. 36-year-old Guram is recruited as a cover-up, initially believing that the phone call from Sir Fergie was Ally McQuest peed. Which, to be fair, seems a more likely scenario than the alternative. However, it was Fergie who actually made the call – and soon unconvinced Guram was asked to stop him. It was all settled in the end, though. He’s made two appearances for United, earned a back pass from Jaap Stam, and has been delayed in both games – a remarkable feat for a goalkeeper, albeit more for Van der Goe’s league medal than any win over Goram – before that. Move on to Hamilton Academic.
Midfield: Rocky Jr (Leeds)
Half of a World Cup winning midfield who played in the Champions League final last season? What could really go wrong? For Roque Junior and Leeds, it’s just about everything. His first match was the 4–0 defeat against Leicester, before he was sent off while receiving a penalty in the 2–0 loss against Birmingham. His last Premier League game for Leeds was a fitting farewell: a 6-1 defeat to Portsmouth. In all, Leeds have conceded 24 goals during their seven league matches.
Central Defence: Stephen Kolker (Liverpool)
Kolker’s loan spell at Liverpool was brought in during January to provide cover for Liverpool’s injured defence. Alternate veil as a temporary striker. Six games later, England’s one-match, one-goal loan move wasn’t always the case.
Central Defence: Eliaquim Mangala (Everton)
It’s fair to say it never worked out for Mangala at Manchester City, but his career at the Etihad certainly did better than his career with Everton. In his first Premier League game for Everton, the Toffees lost 5-1 to Arsenal. The second time he hit his knee and never played for Everton – or really City – again.
Midfield: Kim Kallstrom (Arsenal).
Back in January 2014, Arsenal were one point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, and with the deadline looming, Arsenal were looking for a star striker to advance their title with Jack Wilshere injured. Julian Draxler’s name is mentioned. A strange onslaught on Luis Suarez was promoted. Instead, Arsenal signed Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow despite the minor problem of him breaking his back while training with Spartak on the beach. Arsenal signed him anyway, playing four matches (one less than Denis Suarez), and finishing fourth in the days when that was familiar but unacceptably disastrous for Arsenal.
Midfield: Ignacio Gonzalez (Newcastle).
It came ‘behind my back’ according to then-Newcastle boss Kevin Keegan, who was so furious that he quit a few days later citing Gonzalez’s signing as one of the reasons. There were reports Dennis Wise agreed to the deal Having only seen the player on YouTube focusing on lubricating the wheel to bring more imports from South America in the future. Gonzalez played twice for Newcastle.
Midfield: Saul Niguez (Chelsea).
It was thought that Chelsea staged a major coup d’état when they loaned Saul a year ago, but it soon became clear why Atletico Madrid were so wise to loan him. The Spanish midfielder was hooked at halftime on his debut after John McGinn ran it all over and things didn’t get any better there. He has only been given four more Premier League games before, and unsurprisingly Chelsea have turned to the £30m option they had to take on permanently. In fairness, Saul acknowledged his struggles when he said goodbye while thanking his teammates for ensuring he “won’t fall apart.”
I am writing to take my leave of you. I’d like to tell you how I felt during this adventure. Things didn’t start well at all. After a long time at home, changing everything wasn’t easy. (…) pic.twitter.com/HLmfK9BqrD
– Saúl Ñiguez (@saulniguez) 7 June 2022
Midfield: Ricky Alvarez (Sunderland)
Other lenders have failed as hard or harder than Alvarez, but few have been so costly, and Sunderland eventually repaid nearly £20m after five years of legal wrangling over permanent signature terms written into the loan contract. After a year filled with injuries on Wearside brought 11 games and one goal, Sunderland believed those injuries had nullified their commitment to sign Alvarez permanently. Inter disagreed. In the end, Sunderland had to cough up Inter, paying Alvarez for his lost career earnings when neither side was willing to include him in their squad before he was finally declared a free agent. A one-year loan that takes five years of legal battles to finally settle on an account that appeals to the eye takes a few punches.
Attacker: Jesse (Stoke City)
The signing of the Barcelona academy graduate from Paris Saint-Germain on loan was a big deal for Stoke. Unfortunately, he spent most of the season in a rowdy fit, I went without permission when I was granted compassionate leaveThey argued on the field with Charlie Adam about who should take the penalty kicks.
Striker: Alexandre Pato (Chelsea)
We’ll be honest, we totally forgot that this happened as of writing this. Perhaps everyone else involved would like to do the same.
Striker: Radamel Falcao (Manchester United and Chelsea)
Two for the price of one after his spells with Manchester United and Chelsea. There are, of course, plenty of strikers vying for this spot and not all of them are West Ham or Newcastle deals either. But Falcao’s previous highs combined with disappointing loan spells are at not one of the biggest clubs in England, but two of the biggest in England, which means he’s really great. Despite scoring just four goals in 28 Premier League games for United in 2014/15, Chelsea decided to bet on the prolific former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker the following season. He scored one goal in 10 Premier League matches with Chelsea. It is not good official.