by Nia Griffiths
Former Ajax player, Kenneth Perez, has expressed his concern at his old team signing an Arsenal player on loan.
Yaya Sanogo has now signed for the Dutch club on a season long loan and although Perez agrees that taking young players on loan can be beneficial, his main concern is that the player is still mentally part of another club. His suggestion is that a player can not fully concentrate on the club they’re loaned to when they still technically belong to another.
The young striker was finding it hard to break into the first team and, after a six month loan to fellow Premier League club, Crystal Palace, it was decided that he would go out on another loan spell to get him more experience. The talent is there but playing time is definitely needed.
“Personally, I think renting players is always more suitable for smaller clubs, Ajax are doing this, now and quite often,” Perez said. “Then obviously a player like Sanogo arrives from Arsenal. I do not know if it was the case with Cuenca or Krkic, but most of these players are more concerned with the club where they are still owned, then the club with whom they are rented out to.”
Perez has a point. When someone plays for a club like Arsenal, they’ll always have one eye on their ‘real‘ team. Of course, they’re mostly professional and give everything for the club they’re being loaned to, as they need to prove their skill in order to regain their place in their old team, but it’s true that they loyalty lies with another.