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Premier League loanee XI of the season including Coutinho and Broja

Successfully utilising the loan market can have a big say on a side’s season, but in the Premier League it’s crucial those deals pay off.

There have been some success stories this season, but there have also been some deals like Donny van de Beek to Everton which haven’t worked out.

Saul Niguez arrived at Stamford Bridge with huge pedigree and had the potential to be one of the coups of the season, but the Spaniard’s time in west London has been nothing more than a flop.

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Alongside Van de Beek, Everton’s other January loan signing Anwar El Ghazi has played just 11 minutes of football since being signed by Rafa Benitez from Aston Villa.

The Dutch international was signed on 13 January and Benitez was sacked just three days later, but the prospect of the 26-year-old featuring under Frank Lampard looks unlikely.

With the Premier League season entering its final weeks, we’ve put together a top-flight XI containing this season’s loanees…

Alphonse Areola

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The Frenchman spent last season on loan in the Premier League and in London with Fulham who have recently secured promotion back up to the top-flight.

The three-time French international won the supporters’ player of the year award during his time with Cottagers.

Areola has only made one Hammers appearance in the Premier League but he’s started the last nine games in their dream run to the Europa League semi-finals.

With 16 appearances across all competitions this season, the 29-year-old has had a successful campaign playing under David Moyes.

Brandon Williams

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After opting to move away from Old Trafford to secure regular first team football in the top tier, Williams got exactly what he asked for at Norwich City.

The England Under-21 international has made 24 Premier League appearances this season, 21 of which have been starts.

Although Williams predominantly plays at left-back we’ve put the versatile full-back at right-back in our team.

With Erik ten Hag set to become Manchester United’s new permanent manager at the end of the season, Williams will be eager to impress the Dutchman in pre-season.

Ozan Kabak

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We’re not gong to lie and claim that Kabak had an incredible season, but it was slim pickings when it came to centre-back options.

Following up from his six-month loan at Liverpool last season, the Turkey international has struggled to establish himself as a Norwich regular and has made 11 Premier League starts this campaign.

All five of the Canaries’ league wins have come without Kabak playing a minute.

Although Norwich have the option of making the 22-year-old’s loan move from Schalke permanent for 13m euros (£11.1m), it would be a huge surprise to see the centre-back plying his trade in the Championship next season.

Christian Romero

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From one extreme to the other because Romero has been one of Tottenham’s standout performers of the season.

The Argentine international joined Spurs from Atalanta on an initial season-long loan deal but with an obligation to make the move permanent for £42.5million in the summer, when the 24-year-old is expected to sign a five-year deal.

Romero is seen as a key part of Antonio Conte’s plans and the club are ‘expected’ to take up the option of signing him.

Matt Targett

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After being brought in on loan at St James’ Park on the last day of the January transfer window, Targett has started every game he has been eligible to play in.

He missed the clash against his parent club Aston Villa due to being ineligible. The left-back has been a solid addition for Eddie Howe’s Magpies and he’s helped tighten up what was a leaky backline.

Newcastle can sign Targett permanently for £15million this summer but that decision hasn’t yet been made and they could face competition for his signature.

Billy Gilmour

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With a focus on getting Gilmour regular first team minutes in the top-flight, the Scotland international was sent on a season-long loan to Norwich.

Although it looks like the midfielder hasn’t been able to play a role in guiding the Canaries to safety, he has made 17 Premier League starts this season.

Gilmour will be hoping the experience he has gained stands him in good stead ahead of returning to Stamford Bridge.

Conor Gallagher

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While Gilmour has had a steady season, his Chelsea teammate Gallagher has arguably been the loan signing of the season.

After a season-long loan at West Brom, the energetic midfielder has flourished at Crystal Palace playing under Patrick Vieira.

The 22-year-old has scored eight Premier League goals this season and his impressive form has seen him earn three England caps.

With a spot in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad likely to be in the back of Gallagher’s mind, it’ll be interesting to see whether he stays at Chelsea ahead of next season.

Dejan Kulusevski

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Tottenham are set to sign the Swedish international on a permanent deal from Juventus at the end of the season, according to the Evening Standard.

The 22-year-old joined Spurs on an 18-month loan in January, worth £8.3million and including the option to make the move permanent this summer for a further £24.9m.

In 11 Premier League starts, the forward has three goals and six assists to his name. The left-footer has developed a good understanding with Heung-Min Son and Harry Kane.

Philippe Coutinho

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After enduring a torrid time at Barcelona and with the Spanish giants needing to lighten their wage bill to make signings, the Brazilian returned to the Premier League in January.

The playmaker reunited with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa and the 29-year-old has shown moments of his best form.

Coutinho has four goals and three assists from 13 Premier League games, but he hasn’t directly been involved in a goal in his last five matches.

The Villains have the option of signing the Champions League winner on a permanent deal for £33m.

Ademola Lookman

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Leicester signed the Nigerian international from Bundesliga giants on a season-long loan on the last day of the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old spent last season at Fulham, scoring four goals in 35 appearances, but was unable to save them from relegation.

The winger, who was part of the England Under-20 squad that won the World Cup in 2017, has made 37 appearances this season and has eight goals and five assists to his name.

It was a toss up between Lookman and Hee-chan Hwang, but the former Charlton youngster got the nod.

Armando Broja

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The Saints signed the powerful Albanian forward from Chelsea on a season-long loan in early August.

The 20-year-old has scored nine goals across all competitions this season and he’ll no doubt want to know where he stands in Thomas Tuchel’s plans for next season.

Southampton are interested in signing the striker on a permanent deal but they could competition from the likes of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.

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