Alan Biggs at Large: Adkinsdeadline day calm reflects Blades positivity

Sheffield United Manager Nigel Adkins
Sheffield United Manager Nigel Adkins
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Nigel Adkins’ reference to the “loan window opening next week” is being echoed throughout the land by the many clubs who, in the modern parlance, couldn’t get

deals “over the line.”

More evidence of the nonsense of it all. Either close the blessed window ahead of a new season or keep the damn thing open.

Which, other than for Premier League clubs, it is a lot of the time – in little bursts of madness.

Good to see the relative calm and non-desperation at Adkins’ club, by the way.

Being unruffled at no business at all, after two targets were chased to the wire, is a sign Sheffield United are in good health – albeit, like so many clubs, overstocked with players.

And it is all relative. There is no way, for instance, that Preston’s capture of two strikers on deadline day could be held against Sheffield Wednesday.

Preston were in a different market (more like the Owls hunting ground of old) in landing Stevie May, from Hillsborough ironically enough, alongside former Chesterfield marksman Eoin Doyle.

Wednesday have made bids for high-profile players, some of which I can vouch simply haven’t emerged.

And everyone can see the ridiculous inflation levels at that end of the market.

Not an excuse, just a reality of a system that provides a few days of fun and frolics in place of good business sense. It truly is a joke.

And Gary Hooper’s alleged demand for a VIP box to sign for Wednesday on loan seemed to fit the comedy script quite perfectly.