The Transfer Window creates some frantic times for everyone in football

For some Transfer Deadline Day can be one of the most exciting days in the off-field football calendar, though for some it can cause more problems than it solves.

During the 2002-2003 season FIFA decided to make a transfer window compulsory in football, meaning clubs could only sign players from other teams on a permanent contract between a pre-season and mid-season window.

The window of opportunity isn’t so much an opportunity to sign players on permanent contracts but it is also an opportunity to cause mayhem with panic buying as rife as a Next sale on a January morning.

The fire-sale mentality is one which can have severe consequences on a not only a player’s future but also that of the teams manager who purchased a player on the final day.

Managers cannot tell the future, that much I am sure. As with the rest of the human race they can predict an outcome and set up a structure or tactic to best suit their needs in relation to the outcome.

Managers with very little control over the club’s transfer activity must find it extremely difficult. Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has the problem of Fernando Torres.

Torres misses an open goal from 8 yards at Old Trafford

Now four years ago when an in-form Torres was firing there was no such problem, however with the £50million Torres misfiring it leaves Villas-Boas in a difficult situation, made worse by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic.

Torres was signed from Liverpool when Carlo Ancelotti was manager. No doubt that Abramovic was the key figure in wanting to and eventually in signing Torres, Ancelotti will have been little more than a grateful recipient in Abramovic’s quest for a Champions League trophy.

Back to present day, Villas-Boas is stuck with Torres, like him or not, Abramovic must protect his investment and hope that one day it pays dividend. This heaps the pressure onto the Portuguese manager who has to find a way to select Torres to keep his own boss happy and also keep the rest of the squad happy while selecting Torres.

Until Torres rediscovers his goalscoring touch it is nothing but lose-lose for Villas Boas.

It’s not just a manager who can suffer thanks to last minute deals, players must find it difficult to cope with a January move at such short notice as deadline day.

A move in January throws a player into the unknown, a last day bid may involve more money to both the receiving club and the player but it also has a sense of desperation.

If a suitor really wants to acquire a player that much why leave it until the last of a thirty-one day window.

 Transfer activity I suppose does have a domino effect, one club buying a defender means the selling club may now need to buy a replacement. On the cycle goes until either time runs out or a club is unable to replace due to financial restrictions.

 The logistics of deadline deals aren’t great for a player either.

Take Sunderland’s Craig Gardner, after moving from his home in the West Midlands he has struggled to adapt to the region and it must surely affect his game.

Craig Gardner in action for the Black Cats

True all pitches are green and all footballs are round, though the comparison of a happy or even content player to one who is struggling with life off the pitch is beyond question. In all walks of life your mood will no doubt have an effect on your productivity and commitment to the cause you are involved in.

A big signing on fee may make a difference in terms of swaying a young twenty-something’s mind to relocate and start a new off-the-field life in a far flung region. But it comes with big responsibility to honour your contract and to respect the supporters of the club and town you are moving to…not that it happens much these days.

 The players who get the most from the transfer window and late deals are generally the Major League Soccer stars who pick up a two month loan deal to the top leagues in Europe.

 With the MLS league season coming to a close in November, an ideal opportunity arises for players to travel to Europe to play a handful of matches without the everyday pressure of league positions and expectations.

The two-month loan spells have most notably been taken up by two former English Premier League greats in Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane, moving to Arsenal and Aston Villa respectively.

MLS stars use loan moves to their advantage

 The two month jaunt is enough to maintain physical and match sharpness whilst travelling and taking in another country. For younger MLS stars it could be seen as a trial period to impress and take in another culture without the added risk of jumping into the unknown.

Just as a club would scout a player in a very in-depth manor, a player could do with having the chance to scout his potential new home. A trip to the training ground is a must in order to complete a medical, but you hear very few stories about a player having a wonder around the town, schools or housing areas.

In fact homesickness must be one of the hardest things for a manager to take, no matter how good the player or the cost involved in signing him, if he fails to feel at home he will inevitably have to leave the club before it all gets a bit Carlos Tevez.

 By Paul Todd

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