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LUFC Grayson looking at long term loans

Leeds United boss Simon Grayson has been a supporter of loan players since his arrival at Elland Road but is looking for long term loans rather than stop gaps this season.

Since his arrival at Elland Road, Grayson has been a regular user in the loan market with eight players brought into the club last season.

Leeds only brought in one player on a season long loan with midfielder Sanchez Watt joining for the season from Arsenal.

Grayson is now looking to continue with this option. Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Grayson said, "If we`re going to go with the loan scenario then I`d want the loans to be for the whole season. Then you know that you`ve got the player for that length of time.
"But the problem is that most clubs are reluctant to let fringe players out too early, unless they`re really not figuring at all in pre-season."

Watt managed twenty-six appearances with the majority coming off the substitute`s bench.

The loan window didn`t prove too successful last season for Leeds.

George McCartney joined in September and remained for the rest of the season.

He made thirty-two appearances but got worse as the season wore on and was finally dropped on the final day of the season after coming in for some criticism from chairman Ken Bates.

Eric Lichaj from Aston Villa was probably the pick of the players to come in on loan.

He joined in February for the remainder of the season, made sixteen appearances, and was a consistent performer.

Of the rest, Barry Bannan (also Villa), Jake Livermore and Ben Alnwick (Tottenham Hotspur), Jason Brown (Blackburn Rovers) and David Gonzalez (Manchester City) made little or no impression.







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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 10 2011

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

I think there are a lot of good young premier league players like Sanchez Watt who would get the benefit of a season long loan. Playing in front of big crowds and getting used to the enviroment. Unfortunately Graysons dealings in the loan window have regularly been very poor.
dazza71
The lack of real investment in the squad disappointed me last year and it seems as if its like that film groundhog day all over again. Seeing other rivals spending up to 5M on one player only frustrates me even more. Bates has to come clean and finally put some money into the club where it really matters; namely the 1st team squad. If he seriously thinks that museums and hotels are the way forward maybe we should stuff him and make him the centre piece of aforementioned museum
dangerousman
The loan market is no different from buyingt players. You bget what you pay for. If we were willing to fund all or most of decent players wages we would benefit from having a larger pool of talent to pick from. Expecting the parent club to pay thge majority of wages rarely pays off as you are left with the players nobody else wants and the parent club want off the books. All of Yakubu's 45k a week wages were paid by Leicester for the second half of the season, Norwich paid all of Lansburys wages on his loan as did Swansea for Fabio Borni. All made major impacts to their teams.
ERNI
The loan market is good. Try before you buy is good business sense and a season long loanee or two from the top flight (which ordinarily would be big money signings) would be even better. Imagine if we'd bought all those players who we had on loan and we would've (mostly) had egg on our faces big time though.
Rotherham White
The odd 1-2 is fine but we need to splash some cash to give the fans some belief
Tiny T
 

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