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No windows please. Just football

September 1, 2009
Hand over the moolah! Its closing soon!

Hand over the moolah! Its closing soon!

Although the EPL officially started 3 weeks ago, we have hardly been treated to any real football. In fact, if you are a betting man, you’d try to avoid the month of August, because you don’t know where some of the players will be come the end of the transfer window. I say try very lightly, because if you’re a betting man, you’d think its a good time to punt on Burnley beating Man Utd, which they did.

This weekend, we get treated to International football, as talks gathers pace of how players in new teams gel together within the international camp. Lescott and Barry. Kranjcar and Corluka. We won’t get to see players playing for their new teams until next weekend, by which time some of our fantasy teams are void, due to having too many players from one team, through no fault of ours.

The point of this article, is more about the transfer window. Yes, that dreaded window. Back in the day, clubs could sign players up until February, and prices then were well under the prices we see quoted today. There was no chance to influence prices then through a deadline day, unless it was one given by club, player or agent, and even then, it was hardly ever a solid deadline. If someone suffered an injury in November, and was out for a long time, they could just scout for a player and have them in the squad within 3 weeks, or 3 months, had they chosen to promote their youth players. The media didn’t have as much influence over who the team should buy, and often quoted prices that were wide off the mark.

Having this window meant that when the season starts, there was every chance of hiking up the price of any given player in such a situation. Lost your centre back? Lescott will cost you a cool 20million. Need a striker? You can have disgruntled Berbatov for 30million. Need a star name? Robinho is available for 32.5million. These prices were unheard of without the window. You could even link the conversion of football from a sport into a business from the day the window system was used!

I’m not saying the window is always a bad thing. In the scenario of the above player, you’d have to rely on having a good youth squad, able to come in and do the job for the short time required. The window led us to finding talents such as Mark Noble, John O’Shea, and perhaps even Stephen Ireland. So not all is bad with the window. I’m just a little disgruntled that the window should take centre stage, rather than the football.

I, like many others before and after me, loved the game of football, for what it was. Football in its essence. I never cared whether it was September, or if it was January. I turn on the telly, and I only want to see 2 teams of men battling it out. Call me old fashioned, but I could certainly do without the window.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 1, 2009 3:59 pm

    I think the window is fine..its the timings that are way off. Why on earth does it close after the 4th game of the season? Madness! Id be happy for it to open the day after the season finished and close a week before the first ball of the new season is kicked. Id also like to see a winter break incorporated into Christmas and January, where mid season business could be conducted (3- 4 weeks)

  2. September 1, 2009 4:05 pm

    I have a love-hate relationship with the window.
    It adds to the uncertainty and excitement and drama we all need in sport, but this past year’s movements especially have left a bad taste. Some of the spending has been nothing short of vulgar.

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