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  • 5 picks out ten players who might be advised to seek out a loan move from the Premier League

The transfer window slammed firmly shut last week with a frenzy of activity as clubs across the land bolstered their squads while they still had the chance.

Premier League squads had to be announced by Friday and most managers did not even require the full allocation as they supplemented their lists with players under the age of 21, who did not count towards the 25-man limit.

Many of the players that badly needed a move after falling out of favour succeeded in going elsewhere, but there are some who were not so lucky.

They will not have the chance to switch clubs permanently until January but that is a long wait when you are faced with no prospect of regular, or in some cases any, first-team football.

However, the loan window opens this week to provide an escape route and here counts down ten players who might be advised to seek a move.

Danny Collins

Let us start with a couple of no-brainers, and those players that have been left out of their team's 25-man squads and are therefore ineligible to play in the Premier League for the first half of the season. There were a few notable omissions from the Stoke squad and the likes of Tom Soares, Danny Pugh and Michael Tonge must all now be hoping to agree loan moves. The most high-profile name to be omitted from the list was Collins, seemingly a victim of Tony Pulis' impressive summer swoops for England internationals Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson. The versatile Collins would still be a valuable asset for a team in the Championship and Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has hinted at an interest in the 31-year-old.

Hogan Ephraim

Queens Park Rangers were the only club other than Stoke to leave a number of established players off their 25-man squad list, after Neil Warnock found himself suddenly with a lot of options following a late splurge in the transfer market. There was simply not enough time to arrange moves for those that would not figure in his plans, leaving Ephraim on the sidelines. The winger was a key member of their Championship-winning squad but must now find employment elsewhere until January. Also ousted from the QPR squad were strikers Rob Hulse and Patrick Agyemang, defender Danny Shittu and Norwegian Petter Vaagan Moen.

Wayne Bridge

Apart from Stoke and Queens Park Rangers there are no other senior players to have been left out of 25-man squads, but there are still quite a few that will be considering their options even before January. Bridge's path to the Manchester City team is blocked by Aleksandar Kolarov and summer signing Gael Clichy, while Roberto Mancini has other versatile players capable of filling in at left-back and does not appear to have much faith in Bridge, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and will probably be looking for another temporary deal pretty soon unless there is a dramatic injury crisis.

Nedum Onuoha

Like Bridge, another very fine player, but unfortunately for Onuoha there are just too many other players ahead of him in the pecking order at the Etihad Stadium. The 24-year-old defender showed his quality during an impressive season on loan at Sunderland last term and had been linked with another switch this summer, but nothing materialised. Onuoha has been with Manchester City since he was a schoolboy and has previously said he wants to fight for a place in the team, but regular football might be better for his career and he would be a fabulous addition for a promotion-challenging Championship side.

Josh McEachran

There have been glimpses of a special talent whenever McEachran has taken to the field for Chelsea over the past 12 months and, after impressing in pre-season, it emerged that Andre Villas-Boas had turned down his request to go out on loan as he thought the midfielder would get enough games for the Blues this term. However, it will be difficult to find a place for him in the short term and Villas-Boas may decide that his development is better served by a period elsewhere playing on a weekly basis. McEachran is still only 18 and a short spell experiencing the cut and thrust of the Championship would stand him in good stead for the second half of the campaign with Chelsea.

Nile Ranger

The Newcastle forward has yet to make a significant breakthrough at St James' Park, having found his position to be very clearly defined as a substitute over the past couple of years. Time is on his side at the age of 20 but a loan switch might be the best course of action at this stage of his career, with Blackpool, Birmingham and Leeds all thought to be keen before last week's deadline. However, it remains to be seen whether Newcastle will allow such a move as it is believed they would only consider a loan deal with a view to a permanent arrangement.

Francis Coquelin

It has been all hands to the pump at Arsenal during the early part of the season, with Arsene Wenger forced to turn to his youngsters due to a combination of injuries, suspensions and player departures. Unfortunately for Coquelin, that meant a baptism of fire as he made his Gunners debut in an 8-2 humiliation at the hands of Manchester United at Old Trafford. The defensive midfielder cannot be blamed for the defeat but it would appear he is not quite ready for the rigours of Premier League football. With reinforcements brought in before last week's deadline and others set to return to availability, Wenger would be wise to send Coquelin out on loan.

Giovani dos Santos

It may be easy to forget but Dos Santos, once heralded as a superstar of the future and impressive at last summer's World Cup, is still a Tottenham player. You get the feeling that he could still be a great success at the right club, but that is clearly not Spurs. Having had three frustrating seasons at White Hart Lane, when he has eventually been loaned out during each campaign, the Mexican playmaker finally hopes to be given an opportunity by Harry Redknapp. It is hard to see that happening, though, and Dos Santos may have to content himself with another temporary deal somewhere.

Danny Wilson

Wilson joined Liverpool from Rangers in July 2010 after making his name as a young player of tremendous promise in his Scottish homeland. He knew he would have to be patient during his first season at Anfield but he probably expected a few more first-team opportunities. Having barely featured last term and seen manager Kenny Dalglish strengthen the Liverpool defence over the summer, the 19-year-old has already admitted he would be open to a loan switch.

Federico Macheda

The young Italian shot to prominence in April 2009 with a famous goal against Aston Villa to help Manchester United on their way to the Premier League title. He has not had the chance to make such an impact over the past couple of seasons and currently has a lot of competition for a place in the side at Old Trafford. Having spent time in Serie A with Sampdoria last term, a loan move to a Premier League rival appeared more likely this summer, but nothing was forthcoming despite links to Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle. Sir Alex Ferguson now has to decide whether to keep hold of the 20-year-old and use him when he can, which might not be very often, or let him go out on loan and play more regularly.

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Greg Sutton (Nottingham Forest fan) says...

Get some of these youngsters out to us! Schteve has a good record with youngsters and we badly need to strengthen!

Posted 01:47 9th September 2011

Ryan Towle (Nottingham Forest fan) says...

Come on mclaren you see people buying except us come on !!!

Posted 16:46 8th September 2011

Mark Moore (Leicester City fan) says...

Come on Sven, get on the phone !!!

Posted 11:56 8th September 2011

Mike R (Middlesbrough fan) says...

Get Adam Johnson out on loan, hes too good to sit around on a bench getting the odd 10 minutes for Man City!

Posted 11:49 8th September 2011

Takis Oikonomopoulos (Tottenham Hotspur fan) says...

Let's not forget that it was Spurs - apparently - who pulled the plug on Dos Santos' proposed move to Seville this Summer. This either signals the team's intent to grant him a proper chance (something he has not had at Spurs yet) or that the team have made yet another baffling decision in this Summer's transfer window. Hopefully we are talking about the former in this instance as many Spurs fans believe he has more to offer than the likes of Lennon and VDV who have been allowed immunity within their respective positions in the starting lineup, regardless of effort applied and effectiveness displayed.

Posted 10:05 8th September 2011

Vivek Tantry (Chelsea fan) says...

Adam Johnson of Man City also springs to mind. With the arrival of new set of players he has moved down the pecking order. Although Mancini has publicly spoken highly of Johnson.. i doubt he would be ahead of Nasri, Silva in the starting line up. So a season long loan to a top side wouldn't hurt his national team dreams. What say people?

Posted 05:14 8th September 2011

Anthony Parker (Liverpool fan) says...

Shocked you havent put young John Flannagan up on the list. showed at the end of last season he has what it takes to play premier league football but unfortunately Liverpool have Kelly who is at the moment fighting Johnson for the right back position. the lad needs game time so a move to the championship will do him good.

Posted 00:22 8th September 2011

Jack Arnold (Liverpool fan) says...

i think that liverpool should loan out a few people to show them that they can make the liverpool starting 11 Jay Spearing Jonjo Shelvey are 2 people defo to go on loan

Posted 16:29 7th September 2011

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