Half year closing

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It’s just like the end of March used to be but in summertime. Transfer deadline day was one of the more exciting days in the football calendar. The difference is that this season, regardless of where we finished up, would be our first operating within transfer windows. Now I’m not about to debate the pros and cons of this system, but I have seen more of the latter and I’m not convinced that they bring anything positive to the game as a whole.

One thing they have done is increase the level of tabloid summer silliness that has been abound for the last decade or so. Does anyone remember the days where football used to shut down for the summer and other sports took over? In all likelihood the last time this really happened would have been pre Italia 1990 and Gazza-mania. Nowadays football still dominates the back pages most days, the Owen story even giving Latics a bit of headline glory last week.

The transfer window gives all that a natural conclusion, and most clubs will be linked with more players in the last week of August than they have in the rest of the summer.

That said, there’s been plenty of talk, but as we approach the final day that we can sign players until January there looks little chance of anyone signing on the dotted line for us. A deal for Fatih Tekke looks possible, if unlikely, and despite plenty of other links none of us are quite sure how Jewell is looking at.

Thing is we still look quite lightweight, especially upfront, so it’s definitely fingers crossed and hoping we can get a little more imaginative than Dean Windass.

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