NIALL QUINN says football’s loan system is helping take the risk out of buying for Premier League clubs.
The Black Cats currently have five players on loan – Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City, Danny Welbeck from Manchester United, Ahmed Elmohamady from Egyptian club ENPPI, Sulley Muntari from Inter Milan and John Mensah from Lyon.
But while the Sunderland chairman admits that that’s far from ideal in terms of continuity or even for fostering team spirit, he says that in terms of future purchases, it’s a good way to go.
“The loan system allows you to bring some quality players into your club that maybe wouldn’t be ideal on a permanent move for one reason or another,” he pointed out.
“But I think it’s chief value for us lies in being able to bring a player in and see how he works out. That’s the advantage.
“You can see if it works out for both them and us and that way you’re far less likely to be drawn into a mistake.
“In the old days when we took on loans it was almost always a case of us just not being able to afford him.
“But loans work slightly differently now and they are often a means to paving the way for a move.”
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