Man City's John Guidetti to Leicester & 10 More Championship Loan Targets

11 loan moves that could make the difference for this season's promotion challengers...
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Man City's John Guidetti to Leicester & 10 More Championship Loan Targets

Every year the Championship benefits from a clutch of Premier League youngsters willing to take the step down to a lower level in search of first team football. Here's ten your club should sign...

1. Josh McEachren

Position: Centre Mid

Age: 20

Current Club: Chelsea

Suggested Club: Wigan

Mceachren seems to have been around for ever, but he’s still only 20. Spent all of last year at Middlesborough, where he was a consistent member of their first team. He’s already been linked with a move to La Liga’s Real Sociedad however, so any Championship club looking at Mceachren would probably have to convince him of their ambition.

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2. Saido Berahino

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Position: Striker

Age: 20

Current Club: West Brom

Suggested Club: Middlesbrough

Baggies striker Berahino  has seemingly appeared from nowhere, but his winning goal for England U21s against Moldova - combined with a hattrick for his club in the league cup – suggest that Berahino might be one to watch. Certainly worth a punt for a championship team short on firepower.

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3. Jordan Ibe

Position: Winger

Age: 17

Current Club: Liverpool

Suggested Club: Leeds United

The latest exciting talent to come out of Liverpool’s academy, Ibe combines pace with impressive technical attributes. At 17 he’s still pretty raw, but already has lower league experience playing for Wycombe Wanderers.

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4. Serge Gnabry

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Position: Attacking Mid

Age: 18

Current Club: Arsenal

Suggested Club: Bolton

The closest thing on this list to a surefire bet, you really know what you’re getting with an attacking midfielder from the Arsenal youth academy. Gnabry is no exception; technically impressive, strong for his age, and knows that he’ll have a chance in the first team if he performs well.

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5. Ryo Miyaichi

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Position: Winger

Age: 20

Club: Arsenal

Suggested Club: Ipswich

Signed amid much fanfare a couple of years ago, Miyaichi has thus far failed to establish himself on loan at either Bolton or Wigan. A step down to the championship would probably do wonders for his confidence, and it seems unlikely he’ll be given his chance in the first team this year.

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6. John Guidetti

Position: Striker/Winger

Age: 21

Current Club: Man City

Suggested Club: Leicester City

Manchester City’s Swedish youngster is in the unfortunate position of being a great young striker competing with the likes of Aguero  Dzeko and Jovetic for his place in the first team. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Guidetti would be a brilliant signing for any Championship club, and indeed most Premier League clubs. In his last loan stint at Feyenoord he scored an incredible 20 goals in 23 games.

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7. Guillermo Varela

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Position: Full Back

Age: 20

Club: Man Utd

Suggested Club: Watford

Most recently at Uruguayan club Penarol – where he made his debut age 18 - Varela shone at this summer’s South American Youth Championship, impressing David Moyes enough to seal a transfer to Man United for a rumoured £3 million. May take a while to adjust to the pace of the English game but would still be a valuable asset to a team chasing promotion.

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8. Adnan Januzaj

Position: Attacking Mid

Age: 18

Current Club: Man Utd

Suggested Club: Reading

An exciting Man United youngster with creativity in abundance and a real eye for a pass. Januzaj has probably already been lazily compared to one of Beckham, Giggs and Scholes, but he reminds me of a young David Silva.

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9. Zeki Fryers

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Fryers (right) playing for Man United

Position: Centre back/Full Back

Age: 20

Club: Spurs

Suggested Club: Brighton, Blackburn

Fryers was the centre of controversy last year when he moved from Standard Liege to Tottenham last January, having only left Manchester United a few months earlier. A promising player, but will need to improve the physical side of his game to compete in the championship.

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10. Samed Yesil

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Position: Striker

Age: 19

Club: Liverpool

Suggested Club: Blackpool

Aged 17, he impressed enough to be given a chance in Bayer Leverkusen’s first team, but since then has found his chances limited at Liverpool. Needs a fresh start at a new club to fulfil his undoubted promise.

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11. Charalampos Mavrias

Position: Winger

Age: 19

Current Club: Sunderland

Suggested Club: Nottingham Forest

Not normally a club famed for developing strong young players, Mavrias is an exceptional prospect for the North East club, having accumulated 51 appearances for Panathanaikos before his 19th birthday. Mavrias may nonetheless find himself sidelined at Sunderland, and a loan move elsewhere could help his development.

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