Is it time to scrap the transfer window?

by Ashleigh Rose

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

For a few year’s now I’ve complained about the transfer window. Not in the general sense of the why’s and why not’s of why it was put into place and if it does or doesn’t have a positive effect on the game, but rather that it’s usually for the majority just well, dull.

Sky Sports news can get as excited as they want and Jim White’s voice an get higher and higher but it doesn’t change the fact that for the last few seasons, it’s not just the weather that’s been cold in January but the transfer window itself. Last year, the only thing to really warm the cockles as Sky Sports ticker counted down and Andy Burton pretended he was getting calls from actual agents, was Adam Johnson moving to Man City and Victor Moses move to Wigan. While 2009’s only headline maker was Robbie Keane’s return to White Hart Lane after his disastrous move to Liverpool. Despite the countless rumours from journalists on Twitter and the brilliant ‘I’ve just seen so and so at the airport’ message board rumours, the window hasn’t been as exciting as it should be.

But there’s some exciting light at the end of 2011’s transfer window, that could spark the market into life like never before seen in the January madness. That light is Darren Bent’s utterly bizarre move from Sunderland to Aston Villa, a move that if it does go through (and from what I believe it’s just hours away) may just be the trigger for a flurry of moves as we head into the second half of the window and towards the deadline on January 31st. We had already seen some early movement in the window, with Edin Dzeko, David Bentley, Wayne Bridge and Roque Santa Cruz moving, but it’s the Bent deal that is getting me excited for a proper transfer roller-coaster ride for the rest of the month.

The merits of Bent’s shock move can be long discussed but what it will mean is that Sunderland will now have money to burn and with the best part of £20 million there’s room for three decent additions to a Sunderland team that is already pushing for a Europa League Place. Bent’s arrival at Villa Park could also mean departure’s at the club for John Carew and possibly even one of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing – as they’ll need to fund their record layout for their new England international striker.

Liverpool are one of the clubs interested in Downing which would be Kenny Dalglish’s first foray into the market, while they are also talking to Ajax about Luiz Suarez. With Ryan Babel set to move to Hoffenheim, Dalglish looks to have some money and will be desperate to put his own stamp on the Liverpool squad. Then there’s Chelsea, who having missed-out on Steven Pienaar maybe tempted into freshening up their squad. Birmingham we know are looking for a front-man, as are Newcastle while Arsenal need reinforcements at the other end of the pitch.

It all bodes well for what could be the most exciting window for many a year, and I honestly can’t wait. As over the top Sky Sports news go on the window, I have to admit I love every second of it and this season they’ve upped the ante once again with a special transfer update everyday that includes gadgets and graphics akin to Andy Gray’s Monday Night Football toys – and they are brilliant. I love Jim White’s excitement along with Burton’s phone calls and will spend the next two and half weeks constantly checking twitter and hoping to see that yellow breaking news bar on SSN, hoping this year I won’t be disappointed.

Maybe then I won’t get into February once again complaining about yet another wasted transfer window. C’mon Premier League managers, don’t let us down.

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