January Transfer Window Lowest on Record

Ashton GateThe 2009/2010 English Premier League season will not be remembered for it’s January transfer window, the quietest in monetary terms since the system was put in place in 2003.

Just £30m was spent on players, bolstered by the £7m fee of Adam Johnson’s transfer from Middlesborough to Man City, a record low.

Previous years

2009: £170m
2008: £150m
2007: £60m
2006: £70m
2005: £50m
2004: £50m
2003: £35m

2009 and 2008 were seemingly extraordinary when compared with years past, and this is of course down to the arrival of Man City top the top table.

A spokesman from Deloitte said:

“Managers, club owners and directors have become increasingly sceptical of the near-term impact a January acquisition can have,” Jones said.

“Therefore, it is unsurprising to see a lack of high value activity, with those clubs that are active preferring loan deals.

“The absence of new club owners and the tightening of club finances and credit availability have helped to accelerate that trend and dampen down the market.”

I think that the transfer window goes some way in proving that restriction in the movement of players is greatly affected by economic circumstance.

I am against the transfer window – I don’t believe that a player should be stopped from moving clubs, just because the calendar does not suit him or his club.

However, what it does demonstrate is that even if clubs really wanted to get hold of a player, the deal would already be done and dusted come January 1st.

How many of your club’s January signings have gone on to have a major impact?

I think this highlights the importance of forward planning and making sure that a team dynamic is in place, before setting out on hasty acquisitions that might affect the long term balance of a dressing room.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the same rules applied in the real world of work and we could all only change jobs over the course of a 30 day period after Christmas, and during the summer…


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