Is there really an advantage for early market movers Fulham, Aston Villa and Manchester City?

Fulham Craven Cottage

With the transfer window slightly ajar, we've witnessed teams such as Manchester City, Aston Villa and Fulham wasting no time in announcing their new assets to the footballing world.

The question remains about early dealings in the transfer market and whether it provides the three clubs mentioned an edge over their Premier League rivals?

Some would argue the benefit of an early signing is that it oozes positivity. Signs that show the club want to improve the squad on a whole and perform to a much higher level than the previous season. This is what the fans truly pander for.

Does it allow the newly signed player more time to gel with his team-mates? To some extent, yes with Fernandinho cutting short his holiday to link up with his new team.

In terms of Manchester City's other new signing, Jesus Navas, currently on national duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup in Brazil. The opportunity to blend with the current City players will now take that extra moment longer, but at least he knows where his future lies.

Aston Villa have signed three young promising players in Aleksander Tonev (23), Jores Okore (20) and Leandro Bacuna (21). With Tonev and Okore already representing their countries (Bulgaria and Denmark) as well Bacuna featuring on 10 occassions for Holland's under 21's.

These youngsters would be thankful they have been snapped up early as it takes some time to adapt to a country, so the sooner these players get started at Villa Park the better the benefits will be not just for themselves, but for Aston Villa as the club look to better their 15th place finish and could well do so with these three exciting prospects.

Over at Craven Cottage and Fulham have certainly made a statement with their recruitment for the up coming season with the likes of proven Dutch international keeper Maarten Stekelenberg ousting the solid performer of Mark Schwarzer from the club.

In terms of outfield acquisitions, Fulham have made the signings of some serious campaigners, with the likes of; Derek Boateng (30, Dnipro), Sascha Riether (30, Cologne) and Fernando Amorebieta (28, Bilbao).

With signing players with such experience at an early stage of the transfer window, shows Fulham are lacking in the department of seasoned performers and are looking to enhance the current leadership within the dressing room.

However, the already-purchased aren't what you would call 'big-names' and fans could easily see this as a penny-pinching ploy to appease them for the short term. Only time will tell if the well-travelled new acquisitions can turn Fulham into European contenders once again.

When it comes to having an edge over the opposition, time, is the only advantage the clubs and players receive in return for an early signing as well as the fans confidence (if it's a deal they want!) which is certainly a big plus.

Fans are aware that transfers are often tricky business and most deals are usually announced in the second half of the transfer window. Football fans have no reason to panic at this moment in time as there is still a long way before the window slams shut.

What do you make of your club's early transfer business?

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