The summer is a time of renewal for Premier League teams and their fans. New signings arrive, players move on, and supporters are optimistic that the coming season will be better than the one before.
In the background, though, are those players returning from loan spells, usually youngsters still waiting to take their place in the first-team or seniors who are not part of the manager’s plans.
Often, those players are quietly moved on permanently or loaned out again, but this year some of them might be asked to step up and play for their parent clubs again.
The coronavirus lockdown not only means clubs are facing financial constraints this summer, but the transfer window is also shorter because of the extended 2019/20 season.
With that in mind, here are eight players set to return to Premier League clubs who you may have thought had moved on ages ago.
Zack Steffen, Manchester City
Man City signed Zack Steffan from Columbus Crew.
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Goalkeeper Steffen hasn’t actually played a Premier League game yet for lack of a work permit. However, he now has one, as well as a half-season of Bundesliga action behind him. He is rumoured to be on his way back to the Etihad as Ederson’s understudy.
The USA international has progressed his career over the past couple of seasons, but is a year on the bench now the right move for him? Well, being at City is a big deal, and the coaching standards and opposition in training should be a real test of his abilities.
Abdul Baba Rahman, Chelsea
Baba Rahman’s days at Chelsea look numbered.
Chelsea have a veritable hoard of players out on loan, but some are already set for permanent moves, like Alvaro Morata.
No such luck for left-back Baba Rahman, who has had another horrendous season. He played just three times for Mallorca in Spain before suffering a knee injury which sidelined him for most of the season.
He still has two years…