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Should the January transfer window be abolished?

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The January transfer window is yet to explode with just a handful of signings taking place in the Premier League.

Chelsea made some headlines by announcing the signature of Nemanja Matic for a reported £22m to bring the player back to Stamford Bridge.

Otherwise it seems that most managers have publicly claimed that they are reluctant to make too many deals in this particular window.

Arsene Wenger recently questioned why the transfer window in January is actually needed, telling the Guardian: "The transfer market is a distraction that for me is not welcome.

"I think it would be much better that there is no transfer market at all in January and that teams (should) start and finish with the same players would be fair unless you have big injuries."

A transfer window in the first month of the new year always follows a hectic festive period in the Premier League with many clubs looking to recover from injuries picked up along the way. 

Arguably the highest profile injury this year has been Theo Walcott, who picked up a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee whilst playing against Tottenham in the FA Cup.

It looks all but certain that Walcott will now miss the run in for Arsenal's title challenge and subsequently the World Cup later this summer.

Occasionally the African Cup of Nations plays havoc to club's plans during the transfer window too, as teams with multiple African nationals are forced to accept the absence of key players.

Often purchasing a player as a stop-gap to an injury backfires too as the wage bill increases, competition for places rises and player morale for the footballer that's dropped will fall.

One solution to a January transfer window could be to scrap the system altogether, a constant transfer window that runs year round would certainly keep agents busy.

Players could move from week to week and eventually transfers may become less frequent rather than a mad free-for-all minutes before the deadline at the end of January.

However, many may argue that a clubs identity will suffer as a result and some agents and players would simply take advantage of the rule change to claim as many signing on fees as possible.

Perhaps instead, Premier League football could just keep the summer transfer window and thereafter if they wish to sign a player, it can only be an emergency loan signing to cover injury problems.

No January sales for all 20 clubs and managers have the whole season to work their magic with the squad they build.

The only casualty of this solution will be on the eve of February when Jim White has no-one to shout at.


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