Having granted permission for loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play against them for Derby, will Chelsea regret the decision? We look at five loanees who came back to haunt their parent clubs.
In the Premier League, clubs have taken evasive steps to ensure any player they send out on loan to aid their development cannot cause their full-time employers any damage.
However, unlike in the Premier League, League Cup rules allow for clubs in the competition to make agreements for players to appear against their parent clubs, with Chelsea taking up such an option, making Mount and Tomori available to face them on Wednesday night, live on Sky Sports.
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“I have to completely say thank you to Chelsea because it was their call, their decision,” Derby boss Frank Lampard said. “I think they have seen the bigger picture in terms of what a great experience it will be for their players.”
With both Mount and Tomori highly rated, could they help Derby and Lampard cause an upset? We look at five loanees who came back to haunt their parent clubs…
Fernando Morientes – Monaco v Real Madrid 2004
At the height of the Galactico era, Fernando Morientes found himself up against it at Real Madrid to remain a key member of the first-team squad. The emergence of youngster Javier Portillo saw him fall further down the pecking order, so he decided to head to Monaco on loan for the 2003/04 season.
As luck would have it, Monaco drew Real in the Champions League quarter-final, but Morientes looked set for further disappointment as Real raced into a 4-1 lead with the first leg approaching its climax.
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However, Morientes’ late goal galvanised Monaco, as they overturned the 4-2 deficit in the second leg, winning 3-1 to go through on away goals, with one of those strikes coming via the head of – yes, you guessed it – Morientes.
Lomana LuaLua – Portsmouth v Newcastle 2004.
Long before the days of muted celebrations against a former club there were the shirtless cartwheels of Lomana LuaLua.
Thanks to the loan system approved at the beginning of the 2003/04 season, Premier League clubs could, for the first time, lend each other their players and, thanks to LuaLua, Portsmouth benefited.
His loan from Newcastle was only for 93 days but, in that time, rarely was his contribution so important as when scoring the equaliser at Fratton Park to earn his side a point that squeezed Portsmouth out of the relegation zone.
Cue that famous LuaLua somersault celebration – something he later apologised to Newcastle fans for. Such uproar contributed to the rules being changed not long after.
“It was unlucky that it fell to the wrong player. He was the last player we wanted to score against us,” then-Newcastle boss Sir Bobby Robson said.
David Nielsen – Norwich v Wimbledon 2001
Denmark U21 striker David Nielsen impressed upon his arrival at Wimbledon just after the turn of the century, but the cash-strapped club could no longer afford such an extensive squad, so allowed him to leave on loan at the start of the 2001/02 season to fellow Premier League side Norwich.
In just his second game for Norwich, Nielsen scored a diving header to put the Canaries a goal to the good against his parent club, but the controversy was to follow, as Nielson won a penalty for going down seemingly easily under challenge, which lead to Wimbledon goalkeeper Kelvin Davis handed a red card for throwing the ball at Nielson in dissent.
Unsurprisingly, Nielsen never played for Wimbledon again, and soon made his move to Norwich permanent.
Talisca – Besiktas v Benfica 2016
“I was disrespected at Benfica. Six days after my daughter was born everybody had been paid apart from me. Benfica’s people said I left for money but that’s a lie.” It is fair to say when Talisca left Benfica for Besiktas on loan in the summer of 2016, he did not depart on the best of terms.
So, of course, just a few months later Besiktas were drawn with Benfica in the Champions League. In the dying embers of the match, Talisca lined up one of his trademark free-kicks from distance, and thundered a strike into the net.
“I didn’t like that celebration,” Benfica’s Eduardo Salvio said of the delirium Talisco showed after finding the net. “A few weeks ago he was training with us and he showed a lack of respect.”
Jan Vertonghen – RKC Waalwijk v Ajax 2007
Long before he became a household name in the Premier League, Jan Vertonghen was helping to decide league titles in the Eredivisie, but not in the way that you would think.
With only four matches to play in the Eredivisie, Ajax drew 2-2 at RKC, with Vertonghen scoring a goal – not for parent club Ajax, but lowly RKC, where he was on loan.
Ajax won the last three matches but ended second on goal difference, after PSV Eindhoven. The difference between PSV and Ajax was only one goal.
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