Osei-Tutu actually started well with Cardiff before missing six months with a hamstring problem and returning to Arsenal to recover.
The 22-year-old right-back then went back to Wales only to pick another injury this time to his ankle ligaments that meant his loan spell was cut short. The news was described as “soul-destroying” by Bluebirds boss Mick McCarthy.
Ben Sheaf has had such a positive loan spell with Coventry that they look set to keep him on a permanent basis.
Across 32 appearances for the Sky Blues, he has established himself as an important player. Manager Mark Robins confirmed that if he reached a certain number of appearances then Coventry would have an obligation to buy the 23-year-old midfielder for a fee believed to be in the region of £750,000.
Danny Ballard is one of the few players on this list whose season still isn’t over.
The 21-year-old will be looking to finish a successful loan spell with Blackpool on a high when he heads to Wembley to play in the League One play-off final against Lincoln.
Across 31 appearances for the Tangerines, he has impressed and was rewarded for his fine form with a first senior call-up for Northern Ireland back in September.
Harry Clarke has enjoyed his time out on loan at Oldham so much that he even admitted that he would be happy to return there again next season.
The 20-year-old has impressed so much that consecutive managers in Harry Kewell and Keith Curle have picked him regularly, allowing him to make over 30 appearances for the Latics.
Interestingly enough for a man considered to be a strong centre back, Clarke has also excelled as a right wing-back towards the end of the season adding yet another string to his bow.
Olayinka was a regular during the first part of his loan spell at Southend, starting 15 out of his first 16 matches at the club before an ankle ligament tear ruled him out for three months.
He returned to Arsenal for his development but was sent back to Roots Hall after becoming fit again. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old midfielder was not able to do enough to help Phil Brown’s side stay in the Football League.
After impressing in his first loan spell with Swindon and catching the eye with some eye of the needle assists, Matt Smith was recalled to Arsenal and sent back out on loan to Charlton.
This decision ultimately stopped his progress right in its tracks as the midfielder, who was part of Mikel Arteta’s squad for the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea last season, went on to make just eight appearances for the Addicks.
Nigel Adkins has not played the 20-year-old since March and he will now return to the Gunners this summer.
When he has been fit, John-Jules has largely done OK during his loan spell with Doncaster Rovers, scoring five goals in 18 appearances.
Sadly those instances have been too few and far between and the 20-year-old, who trained regularly with the first team under Unai Emery, will return to the Emirates this summer behind Folarin Balogun, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order as things stand.
Zech Medley’s loan spell with Kilmarnock ended in heartbreak on Monday night as Killie’s 28-year stay in the Scottish top-flight came to an end with defeat in a relegation play-off to Dundee.
In the first half of the season, the centre back, who can also play at left-back, played regularly for League One side Gillingham but was recalled after falling out of favour at Priestfield.
Upon being sent north of the border, the 20-year-old started getting more frequent playing time again and has already attracted interest from Belgian side Oostende ahead of another potential loan move.
Joseph Olowu has finally managed to get some regular first-team game time on loan at Wealdstone in the National League after recovering from a calf injury.
The 21-year-old centre-back is set to leave Arsenal when his contract expires next month.
It’s been a very impressive loan spell at Ipswich for Mark McGuinness whose fine form was rewarded with a call up to the Republic of Ireland under-21s this week.
After being eased in he went through a period of starting 17 out of 18 games under Paul Lambert.
When the Scot was sacked, the 20-year-old initially found game time hard to come by, but was a regular in Paul Cook’s side by the end of the season, playing every minute of the last six matches and losing just one.
It was heartwarming to finally see some good news for Lucas Torreira over the weekend as he picked up a La Liga winner’s medal with Atletico Madrid.
It has been a tough season for the Uruguayan both on the pitch, where he has made just five starts for Diego Simeone’s side, and off it, where he has had to deal with the tragic passing of his mother.
The 25-year-old’s father has stated that he wants a return to South America to play for Boca Juniors and it seems he will leave Arsenal this summer.
Whether the Argentinian champions can match the Gunners’ asking price though remains to be seen.
Despite a decent start, Matteo Guendouzi hasn’t exactly wowed during his time on loan at Hertha Berlin.
Things got particularly troublesome when Bruno Labbadia, the coach who initially signed him, was sacked and replaced by Pal Dardai.
Dardai accused Guendouzi of lacking maturity as a result of still going through “football puberty” and went from starting 13 games in a row to starting just five times in his last three months at the club.
Hertha aren’t likely to want to keep him on a permanent basis next season, so it seems the Frenchman will return to Arsenal and be sold elsewhere after being deemed surplus to requirements by Mikel Arteta.
Kolasinac returned to his boyhood club in January in a bid to save them from Bundesliga relegation, but ultimately failed.
Schalke were relegated having won just three games all season and conceded 84 goals in just 34 matches.
Footage emerged of him and his former Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi running away from a mob of disgruntled supporters after Die Koenigsblauen’s relegation was confirmed.
Had Schalke stayed up, Kolasinac would have stayed with them, but the German side are now unable to afford his wages. The Bosnian is expected to move on elsewhere this summer.
One player who has had a far better experience in the Bundesliga though is Dinos Mavropanos.
The Greek international struggled with a meniscus injury in the first few months of time with Stuttgart but since recovering from that he has really impressed.
Across 21 appearances, the 23-year-old helped VfB to a top-half finish in their first season back in the German top flight.
His performances have impressed so much that Stuttgart’s current technical director, and former Arsenal hed of recruitment, Sven Mislintat has openly stated his desire to keep him in Southwest Germany next season.
After failing to play senior football for seven months, half a season of first-team action was exactly what William Saliba needed.
Nice were more than willing to provide it to him, with the 19-year-old centre-back playing 22 times on the south coast of France.
Having impressed back in Ligue 1 winning Nice’s player of the month and emerging as a leader in Les Aiglons inexperienced back four, Saliba formed a solid partnership with Barcelona loanee Jean-Clair Todibo.
He is now expected to return to Arsenal and compete for a place in Mikel Arteta’s squad next season following the departure of David Luiz.
If Ainsley Maitland-Niles wanted experience of playing in central midfield at Premier League level then his loan spell at West Brom will be viewed as a total success.
However, if the aim was to prove that he is capable of coming back to Arsenal and being a regular in Arteta’s first team then it was anything but.
The England international did start all but one of the games he was available for Sam Allardyce’s side but couldn’t do enough to help them avoid relegation.
The option is still just about there for him with the Gunners if he wants to be a full-back, but if he has his heart set on playing central midfield then it is probably time for him to move on.
By far the biggest success on this list is Joe Willock.
The England under-21 international scored on his debut in his loan spell at Newcastle and has impressed ever since.
Despite often being used as a substitute the Hale Ender has become the youngest player ever to have scored in seven consecutive Premier League games and equalled Alan Shearer’s Newcastle record of successive goals in the process.
Steve Bruce would definitely like to keep the midfielder after his impressive run, but the likelihood is currently that he will stay with Arsenal.
Arteta has said that he is part of his long-term plans at the Emirates and it seems this means he will be joining up with the Gunners next season.
Source by Football London