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Football: Premier League youngsters face loan lottery

Published on Jul 26, 2014 5:47 PM
Everton's Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring against Arsenal in an FA Cup quarter-final match at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - As the Premier League's leading clubs step up their preparations for the 2014-15 season, some of their most promising young talents are stepping out into the unknown.

With teams like Chelsea and champions Manchester City boasting huge, star-studded squads, their younger players have no option but to go out on loan in search of the playing time vital to their development.

For some players it can prove a richly rewarding experience.

Belgium's Thibaut Courtois has returned to Chelsea after a three-year period at Atletico Madrid that saw him emerge as one of the world's finest goalkeepers.

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