Matt’s Monologue: The Transfer Window

Tranmere this week made their fifth signing since the end of last season, with Louis Almond arriving for an undisclosed fee from National League rivals Southport.

The forward actually scored against Rovers earlier this season, netting with a cross that drifted over Scott Davies and in at the far post during a 1-1 draw at Haig Avenue.

For some local football fans, more so those who follow clubs like Liverpool and Everton, this drew a bit of surprise. How could a player be moving when the transfer window closed less than a month ago?

Thankfully, the ruling no longer applies to team outside of the top four divisions. Indeed, it was changed this summer, going back to the “olden” days this summer, as signings are allowed to happen right up until the last week in March, just like they were originally before FIFA began to have their say.

For clubs at this level of the game, that is surely a good thing, and not only can players be bought and sold, they can also move on loan.

That is something else which changed this summer, as for teams in the Football League the emergency loan window has been scrapped, meaning if Rovers were suddenly to lose three midfielders to injury, they would just have to make do and scrap around for somebody else in the squad to play there.

Personally, I do not see the point in such a ruling. It is only preventing young players from getting a game of football.

Surely the whole idea of the loan system is for parent clubs to send their youngsters out to lower league clubs to try and get them important experience from which they will benefit in the future.

Time and again we have seen teenagers make their mark heading out on a temporary deal and having the chance to shine before pushing their way into the first team of their parent club.

From a Tranmere point of view, Ben Gibson and Joe Hart are perfect examples. Just look at what they have gone to achieve after short stays at Prenton Park!

Anyway, back to the original point about the transfer window not applying to teams like Tranmere and today’s opponents Woking.

I think it is important that teams are allowed to trade, especially where squads are more likely to be thinner due to finances not stretching to having two or three players to cover each position.

Chairman cannot afford to go throwing out contracts to loads of players. They have to be savvy. The window only encourages more money to be spent and puts teams at risk.

Now, with no deadline, if things do go wrong, a manager can go out and fix it.

Financially, it could also be a good thing too. Of course, it probably benefits the the richest clubs the most, as they are able to splash the cash pretty much throughout the entire season.

But if a club is a bit strapped and they need to sell their star striker to balance the books, then that would be possible and they could perhaps avoid any meltdown that may occur.

I know it will not happen; in fact I am certain it won’t, but hopefully this is the benchmark for the rest of the game. It would certainly work in the Football League too, and I bet managers would appreciate it.

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