Loan deals have a special place in the world of football. They are often executed as a means to avoid paying a large sum of money for a player clubs are not entirely sure of or if they just don’t have the money to make a permanent transfer happen.
In most cases, a loan deal turns out to be a decent one – not bad but not entirely great either. However, there have been instances when loan deals went on to become huge hits…
And here are five such deals…
5. Fernando Morientes to Monaco
This loan deal gave Real Madrid such a nightmare that following this, whenever a player left the Galacticos on loan, they added a fear clause, wherein the loanee wouldn’t be allowed to play against the parent club.
However, this season, clubs in Spain are forbidden to place such a clause but I digress. When Real Madrid signed Ronaldo in 2002, Fernando Morientes saw his playing time go down drastically.
The following season in 2003, he was loaned to Monaco and he was exceptional for them, helping them reach the Champions League final that season, where he scored against parent club Real in the quarter-finals to knock them out.
He ended up as the highest scorer in Europe that season with nine goals – pretty good for a loan deal.
4. Thibaut Courtois to Atletico Madrid
While he might be playing for Real Madrid now, there was once a time when he guarded the goal on the other side of town for Atletico Madrid. He was loaned to Atletico in 2011 as a replacement for David de Gea and he was so good for them that they extended his loan deal until 2014.
Courtois won the Europa League and La Liga with Los Rojiblancos, while also winning the Zamora trophy twice. He played 154 times for the club and it was truly where he became the renowned goalkeeper that we know today.
3. Romelu Lukaku to West Brom and Everton
Romelu Lukaku joined Chelsea as a teenager. He was dubbed as the next Didier Drogba and actually did well whenever he got the chance to play. In 2012, the Blues decided to send him out on loan to West Bromwich Albion.
At West Brom, he played 38 matches and scored 17 goals for the side. He was then loaned out for another year – this time to Everton – where he once again impressed with 16 goals from 33 matches, forcing the Toffees to strike a permanent deal for him.
2. Carlos Tevez to Manchester United
How Manchester United didn’t pounce on the opportunity to sign him on a permanent basis, we will never know, but Carlos Tevez’s two-year loan spell at Old Trafford saw United fans chant ‘sign him up!
Such was the impact of the Argentine striker that almost everyone thought that the Red Devils would make the move permanent. However, it wasn’t to be as he joined Manchester City after his loan from West Ham ended.
He scored 36 goals for the club in all competitions in two seasons, a great return for a player on loan.
1. Edgar Davids to Barcelona
While he might not have spent as much time on loan as the others on this list, he is certainly the one who made the biggest instant impact. When Barcelona signed him from Juventus on a six-month loan in January 2004, they were lingering around mid-table, waiting for the season to end.
His arrival, however, saw the Blaugrana make an instant resurgence as he helped them finish second behind eventual winners Valencia. His stay was short but his impact is still considered by many to be a catalyst that ushered the club into an era of dominance.
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