It is that time of the year where figures matter, there’s a lot of money involved along with heated arguments and trust’s broken.
Nope, not talking about the Valentine’s season 😛
The official football winter transfer window is about to close in a week’s time and this is the time when every club supporter gets a lot of popcorn ready in hand.
Premier League clubs are permitted to conduct the purchase and sale of players during the winter and summer transfer windows as the usual practice.Windows were introduced as part of a compromise agreement with the European Commission about how the whole transfer system worked and how it could best preserve contractual stability for both the player and the club while allowing movement at prescribed times during the year.
However, the winter transfer window is a lull period when compared to the summer one as most of the much awaited transfer’s happen during the latter. Nevertheless, this is an exciting time for clubs in acquiring the players that they had targeted in summer.
Football as such is a game that instills community spirit and follows a certain political ideology in practice. This is supposed to be the practice, it is often not when the sport in itself is a huge business for many.
At a time where the spending ability matters more than a track-record of premier league clubs, it is an unspoken rule that there’s too much money involved (I mean A LOT). This is the trend over the last few years, with the calibre of players and the increasing competition involved in E.P.L.
Its already crossed the £1bn mark, making it an expensive bargaining process for clubs at this stage. Certain clubs have now been elevated to the status of being supported by strong companies, so its no more a question of affordability.
Clubs have adopted to the newer scheme of money transfers and have turned smarter in the way they acquire their choice of players. They are more keen to get the value for money, as it’s become more expensive for a well performing player. This changes with reference to the player’s age, experience, tactical approach in their position and performance at large. It is no less than a fish market kind of approach at this point.
This year saw some interesting transfers with Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata, Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Romelu Lukaku, Wayne Rooney and a few others that are yet to finalise. This raised many eyes and a lot of angry words were exchanged between clubs and its supporters.Player’s loyalties were doubted, managers were under pressure and an uncertainty existed with regard to a player’s future at their club.
But is this all worth it? Performances so far has given a mixed review of the effectiveness of players who have gone on transfers to other clubs. One might argue that they need to be given a time of slack to adjust to the methods of their new home and gain the trust of the supporters. This does make sense at a point, but its huge money power at play at the end of the financial year.
All this looks different in the eyes of a supporter, irrespective of the club they support. They’ve got new slogans to write, new merchandise to order and wait for an exciting match line-up. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It isn’t often. A club’s financial position often depends upon how it attracts players and performs in that certain season. One can see this evidently in the top 5 financially sound clubs at the European level, they have managed to maintain a strong fan base and build their foundation on it.
So next time when you turn on that exciting Saturday evening or Sunday brunch time match, have a think about this sporting tournament that’s turned into a well channeled business. It makes the game more interesting and keeps your mind occupied while the team of your choice tries to get the ball to the target.
Let me know which team you support and any one exciting transfer that you’ve had in the club’s history according to you!
(This has been the tradition in football for a long time, but its good to get a perspective about the current situation right?)