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The End (of the Window) is Nigh
As the transfer window enters its last day and Sky Sports News enters a final climactic frenzy of skypads, mobile phones and agents with Jim White as the grinning ringmaster, I have to ask – is anyone else sick of it?
The rumours have been building over the last twenty-four hours as more and more journalists from various publications and media outlets latch on to an easy story about Blues selling players to someone, anyone. I have honestly seen more stories about Blues in the national media in the last five days than I have seen in two or so months previously. Fans are left confused as fears of a firesale are confused with stories of the club continually knocking back bids. It’s got to a point where some of the journos on the local beat are openly contemplating what the hell will happen today.
I will admit here and now I’ve reached a point where I have gone past caring – I’ve known for a while that finances aren’t good at the club and like Lee Clark said in the Mail, I’m just waiting for the dust to settle Friday morning so I know what we’ve been left with. I’m resigned to Blues losing at least a couple of players (and I will add that in my darker more pessimistic thoughts I wonder if it could be as high as three or four) – I’m almost past caring as to where and for how much because it’s all abstract – it’s just fewer players in the squad to help us stay above the relegation trap door and in some position of security in this division.
The Telegraph published a list of transfers in and out in the Championship yesterday and it reveals two startling statistics. Of the twenty-four clubs in the division, there have been only eleven permanent transfers into the clubs in this window, of which only eight have attracted fees and only one (Leonardo Ulloa to Brighton and Hove Albion for £2million) is for a substantial disclosed fee. Even the loan market is quiet right now with only nine loan deals having been done by Championship clubs in the last month.
Does this mean that clubs in this division feel that they don’t need to buy in this window and are happy with what they have? Or is it more an indication that football clubs outside the Premier League are tightening their belts further to ensure that they are kept on an even keel? Whilst I suspect that there may be more transfers made into Championship clubs today it does seem that everyone is holding on to their chequebooks for now. This can only be good news for Blues because it means that whilst we might lose one or two players no one else is significantly strengthening. Hopefully, whatever happens we’ll have enough to keep us going and ensure come May we’re not looking at being in the third tier once again.
Hopefully come eleven o’clock this evening when the door finally clangs shut we’ll get some closure and we can move on from what has been a quite un-nerving month. In the mean time, Blues u18 side play Bristol Rovers in the FA Youth Cup at Solihull Moors tonight – if you want to get away from the rumours, I’d recommend going to watch them. It’s got to be better than Jim White.
Tags: Transfer Window