Being loaned out as a youngster has become a rite of passage for Premier League players who are at the start of their careers.
With first-team football at the biggest of clubs hard to come by for the majority of teenage talents, they can find themselves being sent out to varying levels of England’s footballing pyramid depending on their abilities.
Whereas some players thrive in their new, albeit temporary surroundings, others can see their career dissipate due to a scarring spell away from their parents clubs if they let it affect them.
Unfortunately in the case of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, the latter could be applicable to his situation since joining Fulham on loan from Manchester United last summer.
The Dutch defender has experienced a torrid time at Craven Cottage this season and has been part of an outfit that has conceded a remarkable total of 70 goals in just 31 league games. His development as a player will have surely been hampered by the fact that he has played under three different managers who have all tried to implement different systems and formations.
Yet despite the fact that his footballing CV is about to include an ugly relegation from the Premier League with the Cottagers, Fosu-Mensah should not let it define him as a player as the problems he has experienced this season are relatively abnormal compared to a usual season.
The United academy graduate’s performances for Crystal Palace during the 2017/18 campaign outlined a great deal of promise for the 21-year-old and there is no reason why he cannot reach these levels again either with the Red Devils or elsewhere.
If there is one player that Fosu-Mensah could take inspiration from in the Premier League it would have to be Harry Kane. Before becoming arguably one of the world’s best strikers, the England forward experienced several difficult loan spells at the likes of Leyton Orient, Leicester City and Millwall. Yet through years of hard-work and dedication, Kane finally began to make his mark for Tottenham Hotspur and has developed into an exceptional marksman.
A single-disastrous campaign therefore for the Netherlands international should not shape what still could be a highly successful career for the defender.
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