As the transfer window draws to a close this week, various topics have arisen, primarily asking the question whether the transfer window should close before the start of the campaign to enable teams to feel settled and heads to be clear ready for the season ahead.
Everybody loves the twists and turns of the transfer window, eagerly anticipating who their team will be linked to next, and if that link materialises. This not only affects the fans but obviously the players as well.
Andre Villas-Boas recently came out suggesting this had been the major topic of the last two annual manager meetings in the Premier League and one which he himself is very much behind and fighting for.
The four key elements of this are the chairman, the fans, the player and most importantly the club. The late closure of the transfer window is in place to be beneficial to the bigger teams as it gives them a chance to replace outgoing or injured players with players in which they can see benefit their teams from the smaller clubs.
Clubs which gave these players the chance to shine and flourish in the first place. It then comes down to how much the chairman can resist such offers coming in and then once accepting having to find the players to replace them, spending funds they just don’t have in order to compete. The pressure from the fans makes a club take chances and gamble, which for smaller clubs, an example being Portsmouth in recent years, can have a dramatic effect on the overall welfare of the club and can soon transpire into losses and ultimately liquidation.
In order for all teams to be on an “equal” playing field (so to speak), the transfer window should be closed before the first ball has been kicked of the new season. This way, players know their place and where they stand. Come the end of the season, whether teams are fighting for the title, the Champions League, Europa League or Safety, “what if?” questions start arising.
In an ideal world, the earlier closure of the window allows teams to maximise their points difference in where a single point could guarantee a club £40million and Premier League football the season after. Tottenham’s transfer saga with Luka Modric for example has been on-going for the best part of two years. It affected the start of last season and has also interrupted the start of this campaign.
There was no doubt the transfer was going to run into the last days of the transfer window this time round with the eagerness of Daniel Levy to ‘get the best deal for the club’, whereas in reality he is probably doing the club more harm than good with no out and out replacement in place.
You could argue the fact that this is the club's wrong doing, but if it had to be sorted out a week ago things would have been finalised and a replacement would have already been in place allowing the team to move on and the fans to be enjoying the new signings helping the team undergo their pursuit of the goals set for the season.
It is certainly food for thought, and one in which the FA and fans alike are not taking lightly.
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