It appears irrational in contemporary football that at the moment of kick off on the first day of the English domestic season, many players are still in the spotlight, indeterminate as to what team they will be at, come the leagues undoubtedly compelling climax. Too often are clubs seeking players that are established in a line-up that have been carefully prepared for a new campaign. Perfect examples of this unjust transfer movement have been demonstrated at the start of numerous seasons, leaving clubs in conundrums that even some of the most glorified of the football intelligentsia, have found challenging to decipher.
Clubs that lose their star players once the season has ascended seem to take a handful of games to tweak the imperfections that the departing player left behind. Understandably, with new players bedding in and fans adjusting to life at their club without important players, the season often starts sluggishly. When losing a star player late on in the window, criticism would be prevalent. Firstly, the manager and his decision making would be questioned and secondly a player would have to be drafted in who could live up to the demanding expectations that fans expect of their clubs best assets. It is no wonder that so many clubs suffer long term, through the transfer window’s bizarre opening times.
Another problematic issue that has previously arisen with the belated closing of the transfer window is the disappearance of professionalism of players wanting out of a club. Players who are searching for pastures new could refuse to play or display a lack of commitment if selected. On numerous occasions, this lack of professionalism has resulted in clubs having dismal starts to seasons, often needing a considerable amount of game time to shake off the loss of a player or the intentional underperforming of a man wanting out of the club.
Not just a problem for the club losing a player, the team that gains a player who arrives after the first game of the season have just as many problems. Often the new star finds it hard to settle into a team that has had the entire summer break to connect. With a new lifestyle on and off the pitch to contend with, many players struggle to gain the form that they displayed at their previous club. Another issue that the buying team face is an inflated transfer fee. Aware that clubs will not want to lose players having already begun a new campaign, valuations are often increased dramatically to steer interested parties away.
A clear imperfection with the summer transfer window, its tardy closing time causes more complications than it resolves. Although for the neutral fan, the whirlwind movements of transferred players may be exciting to watch but for fans who have breathed a sigh of relief thinking that their clubs celebrated players are safe for another season, only to have them snatched away mid campaign, is devastating. Some managers have put forward the idea of an all year round transfer window, to put a halt to inflated transfer fees and unjust dealings. However, the same problem would undoubtedly occur. A club at the bottom of the League in November must keep their star men to battle their way out of the mire. With a timeless transfer window, entities would be picked off by the elite, wealthy clubs, leaving comparative minnows in limbo. The stubborn FA are farsighted to change but reducing the summer transfer window in order to stop movement once the season has begun is an idea that has to be considered, if the Premier League is to remain one of the most desired competitions in the world.
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