The EFL has been a perfect breeding ground for producing some of the Premier League’s best players.
This season seems to been no exception, either, with plenty of top flight players shining on loan in England’s second, third and fourth tier.
Meanwhile, Chelsea‘s Conor Gallagher and Arsenal‘s Emile Smith Rowe started their development out on loan in the Championship, whilst Gunners goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale also went on loan to League One and League Two.
Tottenham striker and England captain Harry Kane spent plenty of time on loan in the EFL whilst waiting for his breakthrough at Spurs, making temporary moves to Millwall and Leicester.
Premier League clubs have academies bursting with talent, and many are shipped out to the Championship or below to get experience in men’s football in the hope they one day play for their first team.
And since the start of the 2022/23 campaign, a number of Premier League loanees have been boosting club’s chances at success this year across the lower leagues.
So, which players are currently stealing the show in the EFL and could be seen in the Premier League soon? talkSPORT has all the information…
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Amad Diallo (Manchester United to Sunderland)
Man United loanee Diallo is likely to be the first player to jump to mind when thinking about Premier League stars shining on loan in the EFL this season.
After signing for Sunderland on a season-long deal in the summer, the 20-year-old winger has been a key part of the Black Cats’ impressive first season back in the Championship.
Making nine appearances for Man United since joining in 2021, the Ivory Coast starlet has now scored six in 19 appearances for Tony Mowbray’s side.
It appears his Man United boss Erik ten Hag is impressed with him too, recently saying he wants the youngster to continue his pleasing progress at the Stadium of Light, despite suggesting he’d considered recalling him.
Conor Bradley (Liverpool to Bolton)
With six goals and five assists from right back this season, Liverpool starlet Bradley has been working wonders at League One Bolton this season.
Since making five senior appearances for the Reds last campaign, the 19-year-old has been out on a season-long loan with the Trotters.
And it seems to have been a great move for the youngster, with him making 29 appearances serving as both an efficient attacker and defender to help Bolton in their race for promotion.
Perhaps he could be the next Trent Alexander-Arnold…
Nathan Tella (Southampton to Burnley)
Hit with injuries and Covid-19, 23-year-old Southampton star Tella made 18 appearances for the Saints last season.
This campaign, though, he’s lighting up the Championship with league leaders Burnley under manager Vincent Kompany.
Missing just three games all season, Tella has helped the Clarets transform under their new manager, scoring eight goals and assisting twice from the right wing.
Tella’s tally makes him second-highest goalscorer at the club this season, just one behind Jay Rodriguez.
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi (Crystal Palace to Charlton)
Whilst Charlton fans normally wouldn’t be too keen on welcoming south London rivals Crystal Palace’s players into their side, Jesurun Rak-Sakyi has proved to be an exception.
The Eagles winger is on a year-long loan at The Valley, marking his first loan move of his career following his debut in the Premier League last season.
It didn’t take long for the 20-year-old to hit the ground running, though, scoring on his debut in the Addicks’ 5-1 thumping of Plymouth Argyle.
Fast forward to the second-half of the season, Rak-Sakyi is now Charlton’s joint top scorer with a tally of six, level with Addicks youngster Miles Leaburn.
Nigel Lonwijk (Wolves to Plymouth Argyle)
Former Netherlands Under-16s star Lonwijk is currently out on loan with League One leaders Plymouth.
Despite not yet making his debut for Wolves’ first team, the 20-year-old has been playing beyond his years at centre-back and wing-back for the Argyle.
The youngster has played 27 games for the Devonshire side this season, assisting two of his side’s goals whilst proving to be a versatile player for Steven Schumacher’s side.
“I thought Nigel played really well on that left side. He looked real calm on the ball,” the Pilgrims boss Steven Schumacher said after their 3-1 win over MK Dons. “I think everyone forgets that he’s only 20 years old.”
Ian Maatsen (Chelsea to Burnley)
Chelsea left back Maatsen is no stranger to a loan in the EFL with two already in the bank before his move to Burnley.
The 20-year-old impressed during his spells at Charlton and then at Coventry City, and he’s become a key part of his latest club’s bid for promotion.
Kompany has picked Maatsen to start 21 times this season, with the youngster more than proving his ability to both defend and attack from the Clarets’ backline.
With four goals and four assists already this season and scoring both goals in the 2-1 win over Swansea last time out, Maatsen seems to have benefited from his time in the EFL.
Ryan Giles (Wolves to Middlesbrough)
One of the star’s helping to lead Michael Carrick’s incredible transformation at Championship side Middlesbrough is Wolves youngster Giles.
With the leading number of assists in the league from left back with a tally of seven from Boro’s backline – level with Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye – the 22-year-old has been seriously impressive at the Riverside Stadium.
With 26 games under his belt already at Boro, Giles looks set to have the best loan spell yet of his career.
With spells at Shrewsbury, Coventry, Rotherham, Cardiff and Blackburn behind him already, Giles is a promising prospect for Wolves and for England, too.
Charlie Patino (Arsenal to Blackpool)
Although he’s become known for the Seasiders’ seriously catchy song about him and their hate for rivals Preston North End, midfielder Patino has also become a regular in the Championship outfit’s side.
Blackpool have been struggling this season, and they currently sit third from bottom of the league, one point off safety.
Nevertheless, the 19-year-old Arsenal loanee has been a silver lining in the Seasiders’ season, scoring twice and providing two assists in 21 games.
The Gunners starlet won all of his eight ground duels against promotion favourites Sheffield United, showing he has bags of potential to have a role in the first team some day.