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One Transfer Deadline Was Never Enough Was It

One Transfer Deadline Was Never Enough Was It

You've got to love the football authorities, if transfer deadline days weren't ridiculous enough already - they've now begun to breed.

Following the Premier League's decision to close the transfer window early from next summer - Premier League Agree Transfer Amendment for 2018/19.

In short, with transfer saga's involving Phillipe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez and others, the Premier League looked for stability and believed by a majority that closing the transfer window before the first ball of the campaign had been kicked, that would allow managers and clubs to create better plans for the season ahead and kill the speculation linking people with a move once the season had begun.

It must be said the Premier League only got a majority vote, there were dissenters who voted against the change.

The EFL's decision is broadly similar with stability being quoted - EFL Clubs Agree Early Transfer Window Closure.

The permanent transfer window will now close at 5pm on Thursday August 9 and the Premier League and EFL are now aligned on that score.

However, the plan has issues because the window will close ahead of the season kick off in the top flight, but after the first round of fixtures in the EFL.

Moreover, whilst the early permanent window ceases purchases, there are clubs abroad to consider and European and Worldwide leagues are now more out of sync with us - so although it may more effect the Premier League and Championship levels to a lessor extent, it will do nothing for the speculation and disruption from foreign interest.

If anything it simply forces club into making quicker moves for permanent captures, with the obvious further hike in transfer fees that will bring, and of course the richer clubs in the game gain an advantage on that front.

I can find no confirmation of this, but EFL clubs in making their change can still sign players on a standard loan with an agreement to buy until August 31, so again that won't temper speculation or disruption from foreign markets and nor will it achieve such in domestic markets, it will delay a permanent transfer and drive the price up, and I presume the Premier League change may contain a similar stipulation as clubs will undoubtedly still want a pathway for youngsters to gain experience, so it potentially keeps that door open.

So is that really going to reduce elements of uncertainly and players being unsettled in the domestic market after the season has begun? Clubs will just be forced to pay a higher loan fee surely and again that will benefit the richer clubs in the pyramid.

In an attempt to create some level of fairness and sense, they've succeeded in further complicating things, and given what this change was supposed to achieve - I don't think they could've missed the mark by a wider margin in they'd set out with that aim.

We now have multiple transfer deadlines during our domestic season, let alone the - albeit smaller - impact of foreign deadline days and short of further artificially inflating the fees for a bunch of people who kick a ball around for a living, whilst the caveat of 'loan to then buy' remains open, it achieves absolutely nothing else in the process.

Am I missing something, as I really don't see what this will achieve?


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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Saturday February 24 2018
Time: 7:00AM


Might be simpler to allow transfers from anywhere at any time!
24/02/2018 09:18:00
Geoff - for me a slight twist on what you say. For me, I'd allow clubs to discuss moves and even put in bids for players at any point during the season and that would need to be formally through a single online platform. However, players can only move in a couple of 2 day windows in November and February. That would be just to clear the paperwork already submitted with both club's consensus. Having a one month window in Jan is just stupid.
24/02/2018 14:07:00
muttley .... That would work. A pre-contract transfer agreement which can be made at any time, is legally binding, and is finalised on a specific date.
24/02/2018 14:35:00
I don't think the length of transfer deadlines is an issue for us, we would only make purchases in the last couple of days irrespective of the duration of the window despite MP claiming in the lead up to the last 2 windows that "we would get our business done early". We seem to think that there is an advantage in keeping our powder dry until as late as possible, for some strange reason.
26/02/2018 15:53:00
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