The transfer window is a time when clubs roll the dice, take a gamble on promotion, survival or just progression.
It’s the one month of the year where common sense can go out of the window and, as the days tick away, clubs can panic. If your club is saying something like ‘all the best deals come at the end of the window’, it might pay to be worried. Yes, much like in a supermarket, you can pop in at 9 pm and find a rump steak in the sell-off section. Usually though, it’s just browned mince and soggy looking salad.
Many clubs have already been active, looking to make sure they’ve done their business before the month turns into a frenzied lottery. Deadline day is approaching and it’ll be upon us before you know it; have your team already found a diamond? Have they already sent out a player who could, and should, be turning their season around?
We’ve picked six transfers that have caught the eye, both for good reasons and bad. Sunderland, Bristol City, Leeds, Stevenage, Lincoln, Burton, Arsenal, Rotherham, Blackpool and Plymouth all featured on the main list, but we wanted to mention a couple of others before the main gallery.
Salford City have had a wonderful window, bringing in Tom Elliott, Bruno Andrade and Michael O’Connor. It was a surprise they didn’t just flex their financial muscles in the summer, but after trying to compete on something akin to a level playing field, they’ve decided to bin that off and spend, spend, spend. If those players gel quickly, the class of 92 might climb into the top 68 next season.
Danny Rowe has been floated as a possible Football League player for some time now and Oldham have taken the plunge and taken him to Boundary Park. The Latics are in a dire place right now, battling in unfamiliar territory in the basement division. If Rowe scores as freely as he did for Fylde, they’ll be laughing, but there are still huge question marks over his attitude which he’ll be looking to answer.
Josh Ginnelly, Tafari Moore and Josh Vela could all have a big impact at their new clubs too. Moore is an interesting one, swapping one League Two promotion hopeful for another. He’s had a terrible time at Home Park, but if he reignites his career he could help push the Us up the table.
Shall we move on to the six that have really caught our eye, not all for the right reasons?