Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has labelled the Premier League’s loan players rule ‘scandalous’ ahead of the January transfer window.

As written in the Independent, Warnock believes the current system damages the national team by stifling the development of young English players.

Under the current setup, Premier League clubs are allowed to have just two players on loan from another top-flight team in any given season.

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The Bluebirds currently have Harry Arter on a season-long deal from AFC Bournemouth, meaning Warnock will only be able to sign one more Premier League player next month.

The upcoming transfer window could prove crucial in Cardiff’s battle for survival, and recruiting the right players could be the difference between going down or staying up.

Warnock, whose team are currently 17th in the table after 18 rounds of matches, believes the rules should be changed and questioned who introduced them in the first place.

The 70-year-old said:

Heaven knows why we can only have two Premier League loans in. When you are talking about English players needing experience – our younger players for the English team – and we can’t loan more than one more player.

I’ve got Harry Arter, so I can’t take a young English striker or a young English midfield player if I’ve got another one (on loan). It’s scandalous, really. You can bring 10 from abroad, so who are we trying to help? Who has invented these rules? It’s a disgrace, really, when I could be giving another good young English lad an opportunity of playing in the Premier League.