The January transfer window - a help or hindrance?

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More often than not, the January transfer window seems to come and go in disappointing fashion.

Teams rarely sign the players the fans, in all their enlightenment, believe they need and with the timing of the window inconveniently positioned, there is little wonder why it’s a much quieter affair than the end of season equivalent.

But who is it of most benefit to, if anybody?

Does it help or hinder those adrift at the foot of the table, those fighting for Premier League survival, or those looking to turn a good start into an excellent season?

Struggling teams are forced to search for the recruits that may help them avoid the drop. New signings are thrust straight into starting XI’s with little time to adapt to the lung-busting pace of the Premier League, and expected to perform to save their falling team.

There is no settling-in period, no pre-season to acclimatise to their new team, league and surroundings.

Meanwhile, clubs on course for their desired finish fight over the scraps of talent available, with teams unwilling to sell key players and leave themselves short.

One thing is for sure - there will be panic buys and player unrest.

No doubt there will be speculation surrounding certain players that will hamper their form for current clubs, and it is almost certain that come the eleventh hour of the last day in January, a club will sign a player, leaving their fans screaming; ‘what were they thinking?!’

Alternatively, will a club make a signing to reinstall fans’ hope in a faltering team?

QPR are already splashing the cash in a bid to cling on to their Premier League status. The signing of Loic Remy is a bold statement, and with further transfers looking likely to follow - it is a signal of their intent and an argument for the positives that the January transfer window can bring.

But how many struggling clubs have QPR’s resources available, and will their new firepower steer them clear of relegation?

Will new signings slot seamlessly into their respective sides? Will they aid their fight for survival? Or will the club continue to perish and lose their fight for survival, leaving unhappy January signings looking for another move in the next transfer window?

Would fans prefer to see all business restricted to the summer? Or is this mid-season window of benefit to clubs and a potential tool to achieving their goals?

You decide…

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