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The Good,The Bad And The Ugly-an Insight Into The January Transfer Window

The January transfer window is often bemoaned by managers and chairmen alike, a window that can often lift a team or condemn them. An extremely competitive market with unbelievably highly inflated prices and nasty agents looking to scupper deals in order to make their money. Harry Redknapp referred to agents behaviour during the window as ‘ like gang warfare’ and in all honesty he’s not far wrong, these agents only have 31 days to get their players and themselves the best possible deal as for the next 6 months until the summer window is opened they won’t be earning anything and with around 600 agents representing around 2,900 players in the football league you can easily see how competitive the market is. In fact agent fees last season only in the football league hit £21.7m and in the premier league a massive total of £77m was spent in agent fees by the 20 clubs,interestingly Qpr coming 3rd in that table with a total of £6.3m spent on agent fees.The competitiveness of the agent industry is clear for everyone to see and the vulgar nature of this business was displayed fantastically last night- step forward Peter Odemwingie,the Nigerian forward who plays for West Brom appeared to of showed up at Qpr with his agent,expecting  to sign for the club but only to be turned away at the club doors by qpr because they hadn’t actually agreed a fee for the striker and with little time remaining in the window, qpr couldn’t agree a fee and now Odemwingie has to return to his parent club a ‘little red faced’ perhaps as he now faces serious disciplinary action from west Brom for his antics last night and none of this would  have happened if it wasn’t for the terrible advice given by his agent, another example of the calamitous industry that is agents in football.


On a brighter note there a good deals to be done in January and this has been displayed during the years,  for instance :

Nemaja Vidic(£7m-Spartak-Man Utd 2006)

Patrice Evra(£6m-Monaco-man utd 2006)

Chris Samba (£450k-Hertha-Blackburn 2007)

Mikel Arteta (£2m Sociedad-Everton 2005)

Brede Hangeland (£2.5m Copenhagen-Fulham 2008)

Gary Cahill (£7.5m Bolton-Chelsea 7.5m 2012)

Papiss Cisse (£10m Freiburg-Newcastle 2012)

Luis Suarez (£22m Ajax-Liverpool 2011)

Torres the famous £50m flop

All the above arguably in their prime are worth double maybe even triple the amount they were signed for but on the other hand you have the flops and the panic buying involved in January with the likes of 

Jose Antonio Reyes (£17m-Sevilla-Arsenal 2004)

James Beattie (£6m-Southampton-Everton 2005)

Jean Boumsong (£8m Rangers- Newcastle 2005)

Afonso Alves (£12m Herenveen-Middlesborough 2008)                         

Andy Carroll (£35m Newcastle-Liverpool 2011)

Fernando Torres (£50m Liverpool-Chelsea 2011)

being fantastic examples of terrible misjudgements and panic buying in January. 


So whilst there are perks to the January transfer window,these are very few and far between as players get unsettled throughout December and January and they’re form as a result dips and at arguably the most important time of the season its easily understandable to see managers and chairman’s viewpoint on that maybe it would be for the best for the January to be removed so it can bring an end to the sheer lunacy displayed within this window.

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