The loan system used in professional football has evolved significantly since the law was changed in 2003. In the modern game, the percentage of loans has steadily increased over the last 4 seasons with the greatest annual increase in the recent 2020 summer transfer window, likely due in part to the financial challenges brought on by the Covid pandemic.

In this latest session from the 2020 virtual Wyscout Forum, senior lecturer in Sports Business at the Carnegie School of Sport, Doctor Alex Bond shares his latest research on the European loan system. Using data on the top-5 European leagues and analyzing over 8000 loan transactions 2009 and 2017, Alex looks to identify how the loan system is working from a network analysis to determine which clubs are extracting the most value from it, whilst others are conversely creating the most value.

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