Transfer Window Changes in England ‘nothing to worry about’

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Updated: September 11, 2017

The passing of the proposal to close the transfer window in England to the Thursday before the season kicks off (a couple of weeks earlier than the rest of Europe) has caused controversy and worry on UK shores as it is viewed that this gives European clubs an advantage in the market.

On paper that may be so, but it actually plays into the hands of UK punters who can get their transfer bets in early, especially when taking advantage of bet £10 get £30 sign up offers to ensure they get ahead of the likes of Zinedine Zidane on the continent who will still be wheeling and dealing.

Mourinho Unconcerned

It seems that a number of high profile managers and owners seem quite casual about the rest of Europe enjoying an extra couple of weeks to shop around in.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is never one to shy away from voicing his opinion and was typically frank in his assessment of the situation. Speaking to media, the Red Devils boss said: “There’s a disadvantage where the market is closed for us and open for others. But when we close the door we close the market for others too.”

If this window was anything to go by, then it is easy to see why Mourinho is so relaxed about the situation. The Portuguese super manager bought in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic all relatively early and that plan appears to have worked wonders as at the point of writing, United boast the only 100% record in the Premier League.

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates (a strong advocate of the early window close) was a little more aggressive in getting his point across during an interview with TalkSport, claiming that the transfer window shutting early is a good thing and that if a club does not want to sell a player then it does not have to.

In theory, he is correct. However, in reality perhaps he is not. We have all seen the disruption a player can cause if they want out of a club and by allowing European clubs an advantage in getting the job done, it may force a clubs hand into parting with players they don’t want to and cannot replace due to the window’s time restraints.

Will the rest of Europe follow?

The subject of the transfer window staying open two weeks into the season is a topic that has reared its ugly head for years and not just in Britain. Managers and owners in Europe’s top leagues have expressed frustrations that it is hard to prepare for a new campaign when you don’t know your squad until three games in.

Now the decision has been made in England, it is hoped the rest of Europe will follow in a domino style effect.

Although Spanish League boss Javier Tebas announced at the recent annual Soccerex global conference that La Liga has no plans on restructuring its transfer window time restraints, if Italy, Germany, France and others follow suit, then the Premier Leagues decision to close the transfer window early could prove to be the best piece of business done in a

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