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Americans to Europe on 18-month loans

Americans to Europe on 18-month loans
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The new year has continued in the same direction as the American youth who took a vaunted step into Europe.

Although we saw a lot of “usual” business in the January window, record transfers like the record-breaking Ricciardo Pepe to FC Augsburg and Daryl Dyke to West Bromwich Albion, another trend emerged.

18 months loan with purchase option.

Since the turn of the year, MLS clubs have used this method to get some of their brightest talents to move into European competition.

18 months loans with purchase option is the new trend of multilateral transfers 15

Notably, the versatile defender James Sands, a recent MLS Cup title with the New York Football Club, has already completed his move to Rangers. Meanwhile, it is rumored that Colorado Rapids midfielder Cole Bassett and linebacker Justin Chee in Dallas will follow suit with moves to Feyenoord and TSG Hoffenheim respectively.

Most football supporters understand that loans can serve many purposes, from taking wages off the bill to attempts to develop players. These 18-month loans fall into the latter category.

For 21-year-old Sands and 20-year-old Bassett, it will be their first taste of football outside the US, while young Che has had a short five-month loan spell with second-place Bayern. Adjusting to a new country and league will come with its initial struggles.

With the prospect of 18 months with a potential new club, Rangers, Feyenoord and Hoffenheim will get an extended look at their potential permanent contracts before they are charged a transfer fee.

If loan players fail to impress their new club, they can return to the MLS world, gain European experience and increase the value of the transfers.

winter is coming

This is a different year for football. Not just because someone spent $33 million on Chris Wood but because the World Cup is going to take place in the winter.

Thanks to its massive fortune (bribes?), Qatar changed the entire football calendar. This year’s edition usually takes place during the summer off-season, and will take place during the winter, interrupting the 2022/2023 campaign.

These 18 month loans look more like 12 month loans when you think about how long these players will miss because of the World Cup.

On a personal note to Sands, Che, and Bassett, all players have been called into the USMNT. Playing well abroad can improve their chances of playing in Qatar.

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