For Chelsea, it has become almost a separate business.
Loaning players out reaching ridiculous proportions and this season is no different.
Typical of recent seasons, the official Chelsea website is showing 37 players out on loan.
This includes Kenedy who is at Newcastle until the end of the season.
As well as English/British players that come through the ranks, Chelsea also sign shedloads of players from abroad, many of them seeing very little, if anything, of first team football.
Their model hoping in most cases to buy players, get somebody to pay their wages whilst on loan and develop them, then Chelsea to sell at profit.
Christian Atsu is a case in point, signed for Chelsea for £3m in 2013, never appeared in the Chelsea first team but was repeatedly loaned out, eventually joining Newcastle permanently four years later for £6m.
Of course they have made far bigger profits with higher profile players, such as Romelu Lukaku.
Amongst their current crop out on loan, £35m buy Michy Batshuayi is now at Borussia Dortmund temporarily, Kurt Zouma at Stoke, whilst players they have produced such as England internationals Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tammy Abraham are at Palace and Swansea respectively.
However, whilst many of Chelsea’s loan players are appearing in the likes of the Bundesliga and Premier League, for Newcastle United’s loan stars it tends to be at a slightly less profile level.
There were six more NUFC players who went out on loan on deadline day, bringing the total to a record (for Newcastle United) of 19 out on loan at one time.
Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest)
Adam Armstrong (Blackburn Rovers)
Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe United)
Alex Gilliead (Bradford City)
Sean Longstaff (Blackpool)
Dan Barlaser (Crewe Alexandra)
Sterry (Crewe Alexandra)
Lewis McNall (Gateshead)
Callum Williams (Gateshead)
Paul Woolston (South Shields)
Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen)
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock)
Kyle Cameron (Queen of the South)
Serie A (Italy)
Achraf Lazaar (Benevento)
Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona)
Juliper League (Belgium)
Matz Sels (Anderlecht)
Super Lig (Turkey)
Henri Saivet (Sivasspor)
Segunda B (Spain)
Juanito ( Deportivo La Coruna – Second team)
With the odd exception (Freddie Woodman and maybe one or two others) on the list above, I don’t think there is any great expectation of any major profit, or the players returning and going on to appear regularly for Newcastle.
When you see what the likes of Chelsea are cynically doing, surely the loan system needs looked at closely and changes made.
The most laughable thing as well, is that a times you then get Antonio Conte (and other previous Chelsea managers) complaining about a lack of cover…