While we're all obviously hoping that the famed transfer splurge that never materialised in summer leads us to buying some top talent, David Moyes may find his Manchester United squad greatly boosted next season by the return of loanees. Nick Powell, Michael Keane, Will Keane and Jesse Lingard could all be a big part of United's future, and all were involved in some loan news this week. A brief run-down:
Michael Keane has left to join Derby County on loan until at least the 2nd of January. Keane was given rave reviews when on loan last season at Leicester City, and has shown some remarkable goalscoring ability for the England youth set-up of late. If Rio Ferdinand is off in the summer, we could keep our numbers at centre-back identical at least, because Keane looks like he could well break into the United first team very soon.
And if he gets his debut at the weekend, he could well face his brother Will Keane, who has moved to Wigan Athletic on loan. Will is also there until January, and was initially more highly-rated than his brother. A prolific striker, he was set to be included in United's first team last season until an injury ruled him out for almost the entire season. Yet since returning he's been in outstanding goalscoring form regardless, which is a brilliant sign that he's not lost his touch.
Keane will of course join Nick Powell at Wigan, who is already at the club and has been in prolific form for the Latics in Europe, where he scored this belter. There's talk though that David Moyes may want to recall Powell in January - although not to add him to the first team, but merely to loan him to a Premier League club instead, in order to get him in the right shape to join the first team next season.
Oh, and Jesse Lingard has extended his stay at Birmingham.once again until January. The winger has six goals in seven games for Birmingham and has helped the whole Blues team increase their firepower. Yet another to watch for January.