SCRAP TRANSFER WINDOW FOR LEAGUE ONE DOWN
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.