Should there be a new transfer deadline day?
After a weekend of fixtures full of goals, excitement, happiness and heart-breaks, the world’s most competitive league is back again.
With noticeable players - including Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho - missing out on the action due to speculations of potential transfers, some teams are still yet to finalize their squads for the new season.
The transfer window, which officially closes its doors on the 31st of August, coincides with the end of the 3rd week of the Premier league.
An admittedly system that is used all over Europe, the overlap between the transfew window and the start of the regular season has been condemned by a range of high-profile managers including Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Swansea’s Paul Clement.
According to Clement, "A better situation would be if the transfer window closed before the start of the season." We're not going to lie. The man has got a point.
A shareholders’ meeting has been scheduled on the 7th of September with representatives from the 20 top-flight clubs, to discuss a potential deadline change to the Premier League’s 2018-2019 summer transfer window. With no changes to be made to the next January transfer window, at least 14 teams are expected to agree to moving the deadline day forward by 2 or 3 weeks.
With Klopp and Clement having already voiced their opinon, we can't see too many managers arguing against the move. "I don't really understand why it goes to the end of August. I know there's talks about that changing in future. That's my opinion that it should do." Clement said.
According to Klopp,"An earlier transfer deadline day would have helped us this year. In general, it makes sense that when the season starts that the planning is over."
Under this proposal, Premier League clubs would not have the choice of adding players to their squads once the season commences. However, clubs from outside England will be able to continue their transfers normally, including the purchase of Premier League players. This means that, in the instance of Coutinho leaving Liverpool after beginning of the season, the Merseyside club would not be able to bring in reinforcements.
Although most of the Premier league clubs have welcomed this proposal, Watford are believed to be one of the few to oppose this suggestion. Why? We're not too sure. But it's Watford. So who cares?
If this proposal was to be applied by the beginning of the new season, it would certainly put an end to the neverending mid-August rumour mill - something that would certainly be a relief to fans and managers alike.
All we as fans can do is wait and see what the clubs decide is best. Could this really benefit the Premier league clubs in the long run? Could it potentially lead to a Champions League title for a British? Only time will tell. One thing we can guarantee is that Watford won't be winning the latter.