Closing the window early would put an end to these protracted deals

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Pundits, managers and players have had their say on recent spark of debate on whether or not the transfer window should stay open throughout August.

As fans of the game, we enjoy a dramatic deadline day signing and last minute deals. However, we don't keep in mind just how stressful it can be for players and managers as clubs can soon become unsettled at an early stage of the season and this could have an affect on a team's performance.

Everton's John Stones, one of the most highly anticipated defenders in the world, handed in a transfer request yesterday afternoon with just a week to go in the transfer window. Stones has been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks and it now looks like he could be heading to Stamford Bridge in a £40m deal.


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However, the loss of the Englishman, if he leaves, will seriously affect Everton as they will now have to find a replacement in this late stage.

But if the window was to close before the season starts, Stones could have left in July and a replacement would be brought in ready to start the season with Everton. 

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If clubs were forced to do their business early, they would not have to cope with panic and struggle late on in August, when teams are trying to start the season the best they can.


With the transfer window closing while the season has already begun, it allows big clubs with money to poach players who have started the season well. 

Bournemouth's Callum Wilson scored a hat-trick last weekend in a dramatic 4-3 win at West Ham. However, now that he has proven he can score goals at this level, bigger teams in the league who haven't signed the players they need early on in the window, could take him away from Bournemouth late on and this would be unfair and cruel towards a side who have created this player. 

The same can be applied to Leicester's Riyad Mahrez, who has already scored four goals in three games. Prolonging the transfer window can be seen as a mere excuse for bigger Premier League teams who haven't done their research and haven't done their business early, to snatch in-form players from vulnerable clubs late on. 


Former England and Tottenham manager Glen Hoddle describes deadline day as "panic day" as he has his say in the Daily Mail. Speaking about the transfer window and deadline day, he says "you have players not playing because their heads aren't right" and this is exactly why the transfer window must close before the season starts.

If club owners want a stress-free start to the season, with players in top condition and chemistry at a high; the Premier League must change the deadline of the transfer window to ensure business is done early, and managers have a fixed squad to work with. 

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