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Huge chance to get the kids some minutes

As one window closes, another stays open, allowing a cool breeze to stream in.

That’s right; the domestic transfer window is still open, meaning West Ham can buy or loan players from the EFL for another week and a bit.

It has led to links with the likes of Craig Dawson and Danny Welbeck, one from Watford, the other recently released by the Vicarage Road club.

But one has to ask; doesn’t this actively hinder lower-league clubs?

If Premier League clubs come knocking, that is all very well, but the Championship clubs then need to replace their departing stars. If they dip into League One, the same goes there, and on and on and on.

And that leads to a suggestion: Why not send a kid there in exchange?

This isn’t at all to say that these should be part-exchange deals.

If West Ham do bring in Dawson, though, why not say to Watford that a youth player, unlikely to be exposed to first-team football in the Premier League, could go to Vicarage Road in a separate deal?

Provided they’re interested in a centre-back in the academy, it could solve the problem of having to find a replacement at a stroke, and also means that League One and Two clubs are unlikely to be raided in the days thereafter.

It gives youngsters minutes, exposes them to first-team football, and also sees top clubs strengthen within the rules.

One has to think that this is something of a no-brainer.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

4 comments on “Huge chance to get the kids some minutes

  1. West ham won’t buy any decent players in this window or the next. As soon as someone is identified Spurs or Everton hoover them up. We will only be left with playersnoone else wants and there is a reason for this, because they are no good enough. Just pray we don’t get many injuries.

  2. Sounds like a good idea Dave. Although maybe some of those transfer fees are life blood to League One and Two clubs (especially at the moment)?

  3. I think the model where the window shut just before the season started was the best and should have been mandated by FIFA for all leagues. All these other variations do seem unfair.

  4. Sounds like a good option, Dave. Doesn’t mean a straight swap, still full cost, but it might mean that ‘lower’ club is not left in dire straits. Probably more practical for the ‘smaller’ clubs to have an open window after the big boys have finished. Usually a different financial league and different business model. I would imagine some clubs would just have to close down if they were unable to operate by signing players or moving players on. Hence the reason for ‘variations’ Fan No 32. Something needed to be done with big clubs disrupting lesser sides at crucial moments of the season. Deadlines have helped with this.


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