United found themselves in a similar situation last season when they loaned Dean Henderson to Sheffield United for the season. They structured overtime to get an extra fee for Project Restart games and had the added bonus of Henderson beating Tottenham and Chelsea and helping his parent club straight into the Champions League.

Lingard and Dawson were helped because they didn’t take long to settle in. For example, Dawson didn’t have to move to move from Watford. How long it takes for a player to settle in is considered to be the biggest factor in a successful loan. Time is short for players and clubs. You have to make it count.

With foreign contracts signed, it took Bale and Andersen longer to distinguish themselves. This is due to the upheavals that come with the relocation countries, especially the lockdown. The club liaison officers offer as much as possible for signings, but it will be some time before the children attend new schools and the families feel at home. In the second half of the season, players will be up to date with the Premier League.

Fulham’s offer of survival was underpinned by loans such as Andersen in the center-back, Ademola Lookman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Josh Maja was the loan date and he was the match winner against Everton on his first start for the club.

There was a time when loaning out players was all about getting games for club youth. Chelsea had a famous loan player WhatsApp group with more than 30 members and a manager looking after those who gain experience elsewhere.

Now there are older players who are finding a home away from home in the Premier League. At Leeds, Jack Harrison has been on loan from Manchester City for three seasons and plays an important role in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans.