Heart Of Football

Loan system gives fringe players a platform to shine

Sometimes, when we envy the lifestyles of young men paid a fortune to play football, it is natural to think they live on easy street.

But switch on this evening, as millions will from Brazil to Bangkok, and from Mexico to Mongolia, and watch Newcastle's sparkling on-loan winger called Kenedy against Arsenal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Loan system gives fringe players a platform to shine'. Print Edition | Subscribe