Friday, 27 January 2012


Looking through the window

The transfer window is seen as some sort of a First aid box for ailing teams. Presumably all ills can be fixed by pulling out a saviour or two during this period.

Players that are of high quality are few and far between during this period, either through rarity or due to being cup tied and the like.

It occurs to me that instances of a new signing made in January, having a meaningful impact on the season are a scarcity and therefore the obsession with buying during this period needs to be tempered with a dose of reality.

Our club will probably not bring in anyone before the window closes and to be fair most other clubs won’t either. Confidence in the quality of their squads should be a factor and if failure to strengthen is based on squad confidence we should be a little perturbed if the view is that this squad is fine to be getting along with.

Of course Clubs may want to buy this player or that, only to be outbid or find a player unwilling to move mid season. This is why seeing the January transfer window as a chance for major surgery is pointless; it is at best a means of providing a sticking plaster. Real opportunity for change takes place in the summer and should be taken; in this way January becomes less of an issue.

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