Just as the transfer window shuts and managers finally get to know what they’ve got to work with for the next four or five months, what happens? The Premier League stops for a fortnight.
The first few weeks of the season are chaotic, it’s disorganised and disjointed with clubs desperately trying to bring players in, which sometimes results in panic buys, or offloading the ones they don’t want, while at the same time preparing for important games with a team that could be significantly different after September 1.
How can players be fully focused and prepared, when they don’t know if they’re going to be moved on, or even whether their family could be relocated to a different part of the country, with all the upheaval that entails?
Then there are the ones who deliberately try to engineer a move for their own financial gain, which again creates disharmony.
I can’t see how a dressing room can completely pull together when there’s so much uncertainty. That can only be resolved when the transfer window shuts.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis said in an interview that the transfer window should close the day before the season starts, and I haven’t heard many disagree with that.
Dick Advocaat has said too that he can’t wait for the stability which comes at the end of the window.
When the Premier League re-starts in a couple of weeks time, it will feel like the season is starting all over again, only this time teams will know where they stand, unlike the previous four games that have been played to a back-drop of confusion.