This is a policy that backfired earlier this season with farcical consequences in the case of Simone Zaza. The Italian striker suffered aclimatisation after his arrival to the Premiership from Juventus. However after a half dozen games he started to adapt only to find himself unselectable due to a £25 million buyout clause. As Zaza approached 14 games he still had not scored and was duly banished from the matchday squad.
Zaza headed to Valencia where he scored almost immediately, exposing the foolishness of his loan contract at West Ham.
Now, with Winston Reid out for at least a month, with little left to play for this season, its the ideal moment to promote either (or both!) Reece Oxford and Burke to the first team.
However, their loan deals fo not allow for such a recall despite limited game time at their loan clubs. As such, Slaven Bilic looks likely to need to play the likes of Cheik Kouyate as a makeshift centre back if either of Jose Fonte or James Collins get injured!
Mad or incompetent? We really need to get our business house in order!