The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

WHEN you look at the spend­ing power of the Pre­mier League’s big­gest clubs, you can see why a trans­fer win­dow makes sense.

With­out re­stric­tions they could buy who they want, when they want, cherry-pick­ing the best play­ers from smaller clubs and leav­ing their sea­son in ru­ins.

But in League One or League Two, I’m not so sure. No­body has that kind of clout. No­body is hoard­ing play­ers. The money sim­ply isn’t there.

I think that does need look­ing into be­cause in some ways, a win­dow at that level can do more harm than good.

You’re talk­ing about clubs run on the bread­line. The sale of a player could keep you out of ad­min­is­tra­tion, keep staff in jobs.

You’re also talk­ing about squads of 17 and 18 play­ers. If a small side gets a bad run of in­juries, you end up play­ing an emer­gency loa­nee, or a kid who’s never started and is nowhere near ready for the first team. Your sea­son is wrecked.

Th­ese clubs aren’t go­ing to spend £3m on player. They aren’t go­ing to skew the com­pe­ti­tion. A win­dow just doesn’t seem nec­es­sary.

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