The Premier League’s summer transfer window is part of the past, and now people have started to show their discomfort with the way things are done in England. That’s the case with Tottenham Hotspur’s boss Mauricio Pochettino, who blasted the early closure of the transfer window, claiming it is a ‘massive mistake.’
The transfer window closed one day before the league started, preventing Premier League clubs from bringing in new players. Nevertheless, English clubs can still see how their players go, as that doesn’t stop clubs in other countries from chasing players in England, with the deadline for most of Europe on 2 September.
All three of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, and especially Christian Eriksen could leave North London this summer and Poch can’t do anything to prevent that. Any of them that leaves the club will be a huge loss, and the Spurs couldn’t sign a replacement until January.
“I wasn’t in agreement [with the early deadline] but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs,” Pochettino is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.
“A lot of people now realize it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season. I think we need to go back and operate in the same way they do in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.
“Champions League teams can create problems in a team like us and it’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three or four weeks that certain clubs from Europe can unsettle your team.
“For me, it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly [to how it was].”
This self-imposed early deadline saw the light last summer. It was established to protect clubs from having their players unsettled by transfers after the start of the season, especially sides whose players were of interest to ‘top six’ clubs.
Now, this move can be self-defeating for top-six clubs, too, as they still can see their figures depart to clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus or other European giants, without any chance to sign a replacement.