After revealing the secrets of recruitment in our first investigation article “How does IMCF acquire players“, we continue walking you through the realms of a professional Football club, and bring a light to another very important component of a roster: the loaned players
While building high level facilities and acquiring players, Inter Miami CF should also look into some future stars or accomplished players that are currently on the bench. There is a way to get those players at minimum risks, by loaning them. The position in charge of those players is called a loan manager, he creates the link with the players who are still under contract with other clubs. Obviously, not everyone can play so being loaned is an option.
Now, there are economic issues. Clubs pay for transfers and salaries so when they are loaned, they are still assets of the club. It’s important for their clubs to keep an eye on them. On the other hand, there is the human side. These players are not playing with the first team. They need to feel that they are still important to the club, that they still count, and that they know they still have a card to play. The role of the loan manager is to create a link with these players and their future clubs. Know their living environment, their balance of life, how they adapt, how they feel, how they see their position as a player.
The management part of it is very tricky. Each player is different. Everyone has their goals, an age, desires. This is where you have to get to know them. Knowing what their desires are, how was this departure, what they aspire to, how they feel. They give them some advice, see how it goes with their coach, see how it works out. It’s a different approach. And there is also a given: the country (where they are loaned). There he is in Europe, he may have to learn a new language. The fact that he understands the language in his new team is a key component, and helps the player, who never feels excluded.
A chance to relaunch their career
A player could seize the opportunity to sign with a big club. But imagine that the beginnings are difficult for him. He returns a smaller club, with the coach who really needs him. There are plenty of positive events for a player to go on loan. He plays regularly. This is important rather than being on the bench in a bigger club, being unhappy, not being able to express his qualities. There, he has playing time, he plays competitions and could return fit to his old club. It’s good for everyone.
When choosing a player to loan, all the details are important. A player needs to be in the best possible conditions to be effective. Well, he has his agent, but the agent is not part of the club. If he has no news of the club or gives none to let us know how it goes, immediately there is a break. It’s always important to keep this link. So the club always have an eye on him. These are things that players value. So the loan manager also handles accompaniment. Today, they are players from one club, but tomorrow they may be transferred. What is important is that the players feel good in the club they belong to, in the clubs where they are loaned and of course in their next clubs.
Adaptation takes time
A player spends two, three years maximum in a club on average. Sometimes, it can be loaned, which can make the adaptation even more com
A player spends two, three years maximum in a club on average. Sometimes it can be a real change of culture, which can make the adaptation even more complicated. As a player, they need a coach who speaks to them, reassures, gives good advice, encourages because the pressure is enormous, and when they play more abroad, they are far from their family. They need a familiar entourage, human contact. So the loan manger’s role is going to see the matches, go to the training center, make debriefs, have lunch with them, spend time with them. There is a link, a new relationship.
Before, the sports director overshadowed everything. Now he has a lot of obligations. A big club needs a person, who could be a former football player, who had credibility, who had been international, who spoke several languages, who played in big clubs and who won. All these factors are very important in a loan manager, so when they speaks with a player, give him advice, he can relay.
Chelsea has over 30 players in loan!
Basically, the objective of the lent players is to have the opportunity to express themselves elsewhere. After that, there are other policies whose goal is to recruit the best young people or the best players and no matter if they play first team or not. I think it’s a policy of numbers rather than quality because there is a financial interest. It is important for a player to feel free, to be able to leave easily, to change the contract rather than always being under contract with a club that bought it young and lugged it.
Hopefully Inter Miami CF will also maximize is very important part of the team.