Trans­fer tac­tics

One of the most dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions foot­ball coaches face in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow is whether to bol­ster their re­sources or stick with their squads to min­imise the risk of dis­rup­tion. Ti­mothy Molobi of­fers some ad­vice to Absa Premier­ship clubs

CityPress - - Sport -

At this time of year, club foot­ball is in­un­dated with trans­fer ru­mours and spec­u­la­tion, with the Jan­uary win­dow in full swing. And as we en­ter the rush pe­riod when clubs are ea­ger to bol­ster their teams and sign that all-im­por­tant player, the ques­tion is: do teams re­ally need to make ma­jor sign­ings?

This trans­fer pe­riod rarely pro­duces shocks, as it’s mostly in­tended for in­tro­duc­ing stop-gap mea­sures.

Most sign­ings are risky, as play­ers have less time to adapt to their new clubs and prices be­come ar­ti­fi­cially in­flated – clubs tend to be more des­per­ate mid­way through a sea­son and ne­go­ti­a­tions can of­ten be rushed.

This is a time when clubs pri­mar­ily start to plan ahead for the next sea­son by ty­ing up play­ers who will be out of con­tract come June.

PHOTO: RICHARD HUG­GARD / GALLO IM­AGES

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