Football: Premier League youngsters face loan lottery
Published on Jul 26, 2014 5:47 PM
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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