Top loan transfers of the 2018 football season

5) Geoffrey Kondogbia( Inter to Valencia)

The towering Frenchman was a prominent member in the Inter squad last season, and therefore, it came as a surprise to many, when Inter decided to send him on loan to Valencia. At Valencia though, Kondogbia has arguably stepped up his game and has formed quite a partnership alongside DaniParejo.  He has made 29 appearances this season, and has been central in their quest for Champions league qualification. Having won 5 caps for the national team, Kondogbia would be keen on his form getting some recognition by earning a place in the national team for the world cup.

4) Douglas Costa (From Bayern Munich to Juventus)

After taking the Bundesliga by storm in his first season at Bayern, Douglas Costa failed to build upon in the second season ultimately finding himself behind Franck Ribery in the starting XI. Moreover, his wage demands infuriated UliHoeness, who finally made a decision to send him on loan with an option to buy. At Juve, after initial struggles, Costa has seemingly found his feet. 3 goals and 7 assists do not exactly tell the entire story, but Costa has made a difference at Juventus. He has given the Bianconeri a new dimension with his direct wing play, something Juve dearly lacked in the final of the Champions league last season.

3) MichyBatshuayi (From Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund)

Batshuayi was finally released (though on loan) from the controversy at Chelsea in January, thanks to Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s decision to leave BVB mid season.  The Belgium had become an isolated figure in London, which was only made worse with Conte’s decision to overlook Batshuayi and instead play Hazard as the no 9 when Morata was out injured. Therefore, joining BVB gave him a new lease of life, which the striker has thoroughly enjoyed so far. 8 goals in 11 games and the Belgian already looks a completely different player from the one everyone saw struggling to make it at Stamford Bridge. He has certainly increased his stock with some crucial winners and performances for the Black and Yellow.

2)  KylianMbappe (From Monaco to PSG)

KylianMbappe was the sensation last season, scoring 26 goals in all competitions with some eye catching display. After a tug of war, PSG finally got their man though on loan to comply with the FFP, with an option to buy. The Frenchman has in no way been apprehended by the prospect of playing for the country’s top club and has taken his game to a new level. Alongside Neymar and Cavani, Mbappe has already relegated the likes of Draxler and Di Maria to the bench, which is a testament to his fine return for Le Parisiens this season.

 

1) James Rodriguez (From Real Madrid to Bayern Munich)

For 42 million in a hyper-inflated market, James Rodriguez is an absolute coup for the Bavarians. Zizou faced severe criticism for letting go off the Colombian and for mere 42 million looks even more absurd. And as expected at Bayern on the other hand, James Rodriguez has been sensational.  Despite some initial struggles, he has become central to Heynckes’ treble chasing squad.