With Manchester United looking to end their eight-year Premier League title drought, fans are keen to see some new arrivals in the January window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has guided his squad towards the top of the table and could usurp Liverpool if they win their games in hand.
United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has previously hinted that the club’s long term strategy will centre around the summer windows.
That means that despite the arrival of Amad Diallo, it could be a quiet month in terms of incomings at Old Trafford.
But Solskjaer could still be busy as he faces a number of key decisions on the players that have been loaned out.
Like many of the top clubs across the continent, the Red Devils opted to send a host of youngsters out on loan.
The benefit of such deals are clear to see, with Dean Henderson’s rapid development due to his game-time with Sheffield United.
However, it doesn’t always work out to plan and United could be forced into a number of U-turns in the coming weeks.
Firstly, Dylan Levitt has been recalled from his spell with League One outfit Charlton Atheltic, with suggestions from Addicks boss Lee Bowyer, that he didn’t have the physicality required.
He said: “He is very good on the ball, a very good passer. Was it a little too early for him? I’d probably say it’s the league that was the problem – not him as a player.
‘It was just the physicality of the league. Other leagues aren’t like that – the Premier League and international football.”
Levitt made just five appearances for Charlton, as all three parties failed to feel the benefit of such an arrangement.
Joel Pereira is facing a similar conundrum in the Championship with Huddersfield Town. The 24-year-old is destined to leave United at the end of the season, but is doing little to further his career, playing just once this season for the Terriers.
While Pereira’s United future is bleak, Tahith Chong is a player Solskjaer will be keeping a very close eye on.
The United boss managed to persuade the 21-year-old to sign a new deal with the club, before sending him to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.
But according to reports in Germany, United could terminate the agreement, with the deal falling ‘short of their expectations’.
Chong has played just 320 minutes in the Bundesliga, starting on only three occasions.
That isn’t likely to cut it for United, who are keen to see the winger develop in his time away from the club.
Andreas Pereira is another man that is failing to reap the rewards of a successful loan deal.
The Brazilian is rarely included in Lazio’s starting XI and has just one goal in his limited minutes for the Italians.
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Similarly to Chong, there have been suggestions that his loan move could be terminated, although this particular U-turn would be driven by the player.
Pereira has been deemed surplus to requirements by Solskjaer, but him being sat on the bench is doing little for a potential monetary sale in the summer.
There are success stories however – James Garner at Watford and Diogo Dalot with Roma are both progressing nicely and could be options within Solskjaer’s squad next term.
But for the vast majority away from Carrington, their moves have only served to stall their development.
It could be a pivotal month for them, and for Solskjaer’s squad in the future.
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