Should the transfer window be closed before the season starts?

Deadline Day, Jim White and his sources telling him something, Natalie Sawyer in a yellow dress, Harry Redknapp talking out his car window, supporters shoving certain things in reporters faces…

What was once a great day for football fans has been turned into a damp squib with very little in the way of excitement occurring on the final day of the transfer window.

Sky Sports News have turned the final day of the transfer window into an unnecessary circus in which they try to make a massive news story about West Brom signing a striker from Spain who nobody has ever heard of.

In the past couple of years, clubs in all the major European leagues have decided to actually use the previous three months of the transfer window to get their business done nice and early and have their team ready for the start of the season.

If the higher-ups in FIFA and UEFA reduce the length of the transfer window from three months to two months, therefore closing the window on the 1st of August, there are massive benefits to be had for domestic teams across Europe, as well as International teams.

Let’s take a look at the benefits to closing the transfer window before the season kicks off.

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Ending the uncertainty over players’ futures

If the transfer window was to close before the season began it would finally put to bed the uncertainty over the future of players at teams before the season began.

Therefore allowing the controversy to subside for the time being, and allow the team in question to get back to the most important thing, winning matches.

Just take a look at the debacle that is the future of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Özil at Arsenal. Wouldn’t it be best for everyone at Arsenal if they knew before the season starts if Sanchez and Özil were still going to be there by the end of August?

In fact, Arsenal are the kings of this kind of uncertainty over the future of their own players, with the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the past playing for Arsenal during pre-season and, in Nasri’s case, playing a Premier League game before moving after the season had already begun.

Allowing the uncertainty over their future of players to dominate the beginning of their season could very well affect them on the pitch and stop teams from making a strong start to the season.

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Allows teams more time to gel before the season begins

Let’s talk in the hypothetical for a second; let’s say the transfer window was to close on August 1st and then the league wasn’t due to begin until two weeks later.

It then gives all clubs more time without the pressure of league games to get their house in order and be fully ready for the beginning of their league campaign.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that idea and allowing managers and coaches more time with the players they know are definitely going to be at the club come the end of August is a good thing.

Therefore allowing them to put their best available eleven on the pitch without the threat of one or more of these players leaving by the end of August and allowing all clubs to be on a level playing field come opening day.

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No more disruption to International teams

With the summer transfer window always closing on or around the 1st of September, it always interferes with another football tradition around this time – the September block of qualifiers for the World Cup or European Championships.

International players seem to be allowed leave their national team squad on a whim to go and push their big money transfer through.

For example, Jeff Hendrick was allowed leave the Ireland squad last year to make his move to Burnley go through on time.

Now in fairness, Hendrick returned to the Ireland squad and would later go on to score after a few minutes into the first qualifying match against Serbia.

Thankfully for Hendrick and Ireland everything worked out for him over those few days, but if the practice of players joining up with their national side and leaving for a few days to push through a transfer continues, it may very well begin to affect preparations for national teams.

We could soon see national team managers begin to give out about the closure of the transfer window and its proximity to the International qualifiers.

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Although it would be beneficial for clubs in the long run if the transfer window was to close in early August, unfortunately it is unlikely that this will happen anytime soon.

With the powers that be in the football world, i.e. the agents doing a lot of their work and probably earn a lot of their money by forcing through sales of players for inflated prices towards the end of the transfer window.

As clubs apparently become desperate to buy players, especially if they have lost a few games early into the season, and are looking for a quick fix to shore up their squad for the rest of the season, they ultimately buy a player that they never wanted and the balance in the squad is thrown off, effectively doing more harm than good.

Maybe to put a stop to all this speculation that ultimately disrupts clubs and players as the season is beginning, the transfer window as we know it now should be changed and closed before the season begins.

Also, it’ll allow Fantasy Football managers to pick a team that doesn’t end up losing players who have moved to a different league.

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Evan Coughlan

I bloody love football

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