Transfer window is no time to panic buy

Angel di Maria pictured on his Manchester United debut against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday

Angel di Maria pictured on his Manchester United debut against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday

First published in Sport

HAS your wife ever walked in having spent money on clothes she doesn’t need or your husband come back with the latest gadget for the house that is totally unnecessary?

Have they then tried to convince you – or more likely themselves – it was a good purchase, to forget about the price and they just had to buy it now?

The same process happens in the transfer window and especially around the time when deadline day is approaching.

Bad buys can set off a chain of emotions for everyone, especially football fans.

In this day and age, when nearly everyone is looking to save money and find a bargain, to watch someone spend and waste money on things they don’t need can spark frustration and anger.

The term ‘panic buy’ is frequently used, and rightly so, as clubs pursue instant success hoping that a transfer window purchase will help give that to them.

Just getting in any big name player before the deadline doesn’t satisfy fans anymore and I’m not really sure it ever did.

The press talk of a club showing intention and ambition, but that is now just seen as the thing to say.

Manchester United are the best example.

The Red Devils spent a staggering £150m in the summer transfer window.

That includes the deadline-day loan deal of Columbian striker Radamel Falcao from Monaco and, of course, the British record purchase of Angel di Maria, from Real Madrid, for £59.7m The once mighty Red Devils do not need more firepower, as that is one of their few, if not their only, strengths.

Bolstering their defence is where Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United should have spent ALL their pocket money.

The £14m they forked out for Dutch defender Daley Blind was a very good bit of business and with the overly-inflated prices these days, he looks a bargain based on his displays in the World Cup.

Manchester United need more top-class defenders like him if they are to change their fortunes around.

More than £800m has been spent in this summer transfer window by Premier League teams alone.

There have been panic buys, great buys, bargain buys and plenty of money wasted.

In the end, it’s performance and not price that will determine which bracket a player will fall into – which is where every footballer wants to be judged.

Some players are already making a great start to their new club careers and easing of the burden of a big price tag.

Chelsea paid £32m for striker Diego Costa and he is already looking the real deal after scoring four goals in three Premier League starts.

Cesc Fabregas is another player the Blues spent heavily on, but the £30m he cost again looks money well spent.

The spending has stopped for now and we will have to wait until January when the cheque books open up and the transfer drama starts all over again.

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