Newcastle United were one of the 14 Premier League clubs who voted in favor yesterday of the transfer window shutting before the start of next season.
Rafa Benitez has often said how stupid it was to allow transfers in England once the season has started and now the window will shut at 5:00 pm on the Thursday before the season starts.
Rafa often made the case that the team had been practicing set plays and other things in the summer and a player could move to another club and know exactly what Newcastle would be doing.
That’s one reason he had players he wanted to leave the club training with the U23 side.
The other thing that didn’t work with the transfer window was in those last three weeks of August the transfer window was just so hectic with preparation for games also being necessary for the managers.
Rafa will be pleased with the change, and it may help him get Newcastle to change their transfer policy and the way they do things.
Rafa Benitez – wants Newcastle to change their transfer policy
Signings we made last summer saw Newcastle penny-pinching on almost every deal – something the club have done consistently since Mike Ashley bought the club over ten years ago.
That was the reason the Florian Lejeune deal was held up for weeks and weeks, and it took a long time to bring Mikel Merino into the club.
Newcastle must come to terms with that now and not penny-pinch if it will delay the deal or even mean we lose out on the deal because other clubs come in late and do the deal quickly.
It was the reason we didn’t get Tammy Abraham on loan for the season when everything had been agreed, but Newcastle balked on what the agent wanted to do the deal.
Those are some of the things that angered Rafa in the summer, and it wasn’t just about so little money being made available.
The shortening of the summer window could mean January becomes much more important and Rafa will likely push to get some deals done then.
And if we cannot complete the deals during January we should be going after those players who are free agents next summer who Rafa wants and try to get them to sign pre-contract agreements.
That will allow the players to come in early during the summer once July 1 comes around when the window is officially open for business.
A good January transfer window for Newcastle should allay some of the concerns Rafa had this summer about the way Newcastle did their business.
In short – laboriously slowly.