Thursday morning many soccer fans woke up to the news that the Premier League had voted to officially shut the summer transfer window on the Thursday before the start of the season at 5 PM British time, starting next season. The January transfer window will remain unaffected by the new rule and will continue on as normal.
What will this mean moving forward? Even though at first change is frowned upon, this could be a huge move and a surprisingly good direction for the EPL clubs, at least for those that voted for it.
Crystal Palace, Man City, Man United, Swansea & Watford voted against changing summer transfer window. Burnley abstained. Thoughts? #SSN
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) September 7, 2017
Right away I find it very interesting that clubs like Chelsea, Liverpool, and West Ham all voted for change as all of the clubs made rather large moves after the start of the season. The move comes as a shock in ways since the move will now only allow Premier League clubs to sell players after the season starts while other transfer windows are open. In another interesting twist in the story, the lower leagues under the English Football League or EFL, umbrella are unaffected by this. The EFL is expected to meet and vote on the same matter in a matter of days.
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) August 31, 2017
This, of course, means that the new deadline day will take place on the Thursday before the season starts next year. For example, if the season starts the second week of August again, the window will shut on August 9th, 2018 at 5 PM British time. That means the window will shut anywhere from about noon to 9 AM here in the states. So those of us who have enjoyed watching the drama unfold throughout the day, be ready to not sleep the night that it starts.
Those of us who love the last minute drama and expect big names to stop moving, think again. With a now shortened window, expect big clubs to move on players far sooner and deadline day deals to increase. With the season starting the next day, I fully expect clubs to attempt more last-minute signings before the window closes so early next season. The clubs can fully expect the prices of transfers to rise considering the fee Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (next season) went for this window.
All in all, it may take away from the transfer deadline day we all know and love, but this could not only add to the drama and make the day more fun but can increase transfers at the last minute. No more stressing whether your club grabs a new striker on August 31st, now the squads will be set much earlier and will be the same until the January window opens up. Expect to see the January window to become much busier as well with clubs now having shortened amount of time to purchase players they would like to have for the upcoming season.
No matter your view on the subject, be prepared for a window like we have never seen before in England. This next summer window could be one that we will remember for years to come.