Rafa Benitez has bemoaned that the summer transfer window lasts through August and players can leave in that time, when it’s after the season has started.
Rafa would like the transfer window to close once the season starts, because then the teams will not be disrupted, mainly by players leaving, but also by players arriving.
Rafa Benitez – expects potential difficulties in August
It does seem a little strange that the transfer window is open when teams have started playing, but then that’s the same kind of thing in January, a transfer window most managers hate – again because of its disruptive nature to the team.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said on BBC Newcastle:
“It’s always important to sort your squad out before the season starts, but it’s almost impossible.” “Every single year you try to do it, but it’s very difficult.
“Another debate about the transfer window, when it should finish.”
“We have had this debate many times and it is not fair when you are playing in August and until the end of August players can go and can come.”
“It will be important for me now because the transfer window is open during the start of the season so it will important to maybe finish at the beginning of August.”
“Then the players will know: ‘I am here, so this is my team.’”
“It might be that you are preparing your set-pieces and then you have a player who comes to you on August 6 and by August 13 he’s working with another team and you have to rework all your set-pieces.”
“It’s a simple thing but it happens and the first month is always a difficult month, because you have players leaving.”
Newcastle still have to make their first signing of the summer, but Rafa last week seemed positive about how things were going at the club in terms of trying to get some good players in.
It’s two weeks tomorrow that pre-season training starts and then seven weeks this coming Saturday when the Championship season starts – when Rafa hopes to have all the transfer business – in and out – completed.