Billy Grant points out that Brentford are in big danger of losing key players AFTER deadline day on Aug 9th due to a loophole in the EFL transfer regulations. But will this be an issue? By the sounds of things. Yes it will.
So riddle me this …. .. when is a shut window … not a shut window ? … when it is an EFL transfer window?
You’re probably looking at that joke thinking
“It’s not even funny”
and you’re dead right .. it’s certainly not …..
Less than twelve hours to go
Plenty of twitching
Rumour has it Ryan Woods if off to Swansea.
Or is he?
Rumour is saying Bournemouth and Leicester have been sniffing around Chris Mepham. With Brentford turning down a £15m bid. Or have they?
The truth is … word on the street, things are very quiet at the moment. And admittedly, things could change in a couple of hours (cue Harry Redknapp and his wheelbarrow of cash at the end of the window last season)
If everything stays this quiet for the next 24 hours, we’re sorted.
Assault on the league table here we come.
Or maybe it is not quite that simple?
We even made the bold move of moving our Beesotted Pride Of West London Transfer Deadline Day podcast recording from Wednesday to Thursday evening so that we talk about the exciting deadline day comings and goings. Or not.
We even put a call out to our blogger friends from various teams (Sheffield Wednesday. Birmingham. Leeds etc) to appear on the podcast and tell us how their window was whether they are delighted it’s now slammed shut.
Every year usually about this time, Beesotted is hard on the case. Chatting to Chinese Gary in the far East. Gabbing with our Yorkshire sources. Fratinising with Eastern European chums .. trying to find out where the next player to come, or leave, Brentford is going to turn up from.
The rumours of Engels coming in. We ignored them. No substance.
The rumours of Carlton Cole .. now there’s a story with legs ..
This year, there has been a bit of action. But not much.
Then we realised why it was so quiet.
And we felt cheated.
Traditionally, the transfer deadline fell on the 1st September. This date always caused problems for football teams up and down the country.
With the majority of teams always doing their business in the last few days of the window this, date only disrupted action on the pitch with key players often not playing with full conviction – their hearts (and eyes) being focussed on a move elsewhere (remember that Jota miss against Wolves last season as he dreamt of Harry Redknapp?)
The EFL sensibly (we thought) subsequently moved the transfer deadline date to 9th August this year. The reason for this – to minimise any disruption at the start of the season and encourage teams to do their business before the season had got up and running.
This 9th August date was actually initially set by the Premier League. If truth be known, it’s a more convenient date for Premier League clubs than EFL clubs as it comes BEFORE the start of their season. Basically, all Premier League teams have to get their business done BEFORE a ball has been kicked.
The Premier League window is also better than the EFL window for one other very important reason. They removed the clause, under pressure from FIFA, which allowed loans to take place even after the window has closed. So for Premier League clubs, once Thursday’s deadline has passed, they won’t be able to buy or loan anyone until the window reopens in January.
Not in the EFL though. For some peculiar reason, teams are still able to loan players in or out to any team in the UK or abroad (other than a Premier League team) after 9th August right up to August 31st – ironically pretty much the original transfer deadline date.
And this is where the loophole comes in.
It seems that a few teams (EFL and foreign) want a bit more time to look at the players they are planning to splash their cash on. Let them get a few games under their belt. Let’s see how they shape up this season.
So rather than locking them down before 9th August, they will continue with their process of looking. And chatting. And looking. And scouting. And bidding. And negotiating. Right up to August 31st. Then if they fancy the player, they can then negotiate a ‘loan’ deal to enable him to play for their team from September 1st through to January with a permanent deal already put in place UP FRONT for the player to move in January – with the money and add-ons all pre-agreed.
So for example Ryan Woods.
We might be celebrating him staying at 5pm on Thursday evening. But four storming games later, Swansea are knocking on the door again with a loan deal for the next few months and with a permanent move penned in for January. All negotiated up front.
So moving the transfer window back to 9th August. What’s the point?
It makes a complete mockery of the process.
Apparently the powers to be at a number of football clubs warned the EFL that this was not going to work but it was implemented regardless. Unfortunately, we will have to see over the next few weeks how many teams decide to take advantage of the loophole. And how it affects our teams’ first few weeks of the season.
At least there is one upside. Once the window slams shut at 5pm and Mepham and Watkins don’t end up on Jim white’s ticker sheet, we’re alright. We’ve kept hold of them for another few months at least as it’s Premier League calling for those players.
In the meantime, Brentford fans who were feeling twitchy over Ryan Woods .. and Chris Mepham .. and Ollie Watkins over the past few weeks. You can now feel extra twitchy about Neal Maupay if he scores 8 goals before the end of the month.
Or Romaine Sawyers – if he threads another exquisite pass through to his attackers.
Or Lewis McLeod – if he has another storming game like he did against Rotherham.
Or – and I’m being facetious here – Said Benrahma who has only started 20 minutes for The Bees but you just never know come Aug 31st with the new breed of Harry Redknapp wafting around the corridors of football clubs up and down the country.
So coming back to the opening question again ..
when is a shut window … not a shut window? …
When it’s really an open window … and it’s there for all to jump in and plunder
So Bees fans … get in your seat .. get strapped in .. close your eyes … and hold on tight …
Coz it looks like we’re in for a bit of a longer ride than any of us expected over the next few weeks
And hopefully when you open them again on September 1st, things will be exactly as they were when you closed them …..
All aboard the skylark ……
Billy Grant @BillyTheBee99
Check out Billy Grant, Dave Lane, The Allard and Savvy Bee from this week’s Pride Of West London Not The Deadline Day Podcast live Thursday evening around 9.30pm.
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