Chris Holt Column: Berahino bids a reason why Nigel Adkins is right...transfer window should shut before season starts

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino
West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino
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Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins made his opinion known on the transfer window earlier this week...and didn’t hold back.

The Blades boss was pointing to the fact that an hour after it closed, his team were playing in a Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match away to Hartlepool.

Sheffield United Manager Nigel Adkins

Sheffield United Manager Nigel Adkins

But it wasn’t just the fact that he and his team were preparing for a game during that hectic period; Adkins ire was stoked by the window generally.

“It (the window) should finish when the season starts, in my view,” said Adkins. “It’s unfair for clubs to make plans through pre-season worrying about whether players who are in them will still be there. Every manager out there, if people are listening to them, will tell you exactly the same thing.”

Transfer deadline day is a money-driven farce, doing nothing but send panicking fans into thinking that their players aren’t good enough and if the club haven’t signed anyone by 6pm (thankfully, from a journalist’s point of view no longer late in the evening) then their season is going to go to pot.

Despite the fact that United are currently riding high in League One, featuring the players that were signed early enough to begin the campaign with, there were some Blades on social media huffing and puffing as if their challenge was ending right there and then.

The amount of tweets I saw, declaring ‘typical Blades’ after United ended the day empty-handed was incredible. It’s hard to blame them really; many have merely been sucked into a yellow-ticker-driven hype.

Thankfully there were a lot more whose views came with an apparent shrug of the shoulders that there were no further additions.

And a poll run on The Star’s deadline day feed suggested that the majority of those in red and white believed that, the anomoly of the opening day defeat to Gillingham aside, things are ticking along nicely at Bramall Lane under the guidance of Adkins.

Over on S6, their deadline day was a lot more frantic and Sheffield Wednesday fans had more right than most to have been getting in a flap. They have seen their side make squad improvements, though the results aren’t a great deal different to this time last year and it will take a while for the 15 players brought in, to gel.

But what is missing is a striker and having read reports that there was a multi-million pound bid made for Ross McCormack at the weekend and the constant links with various Championship-proven strikers, the years of having to deal with the shopping in the bargain basement seemed destined to be a memory.

They never got their man - any of them - and there floated a dark cloud over Hillsborough that, to the club’s credit, was temporarily at least whisked away by the announcement that goalkeeper Keiren Westwood had signed a new contract.

But aside from the frenzy that fans are sent into as a result of the deadline day, it’s the timing of it, as Adkins points out, that brings out an almost sinister element to the whole thing.

Tottenham’s courting of West Bromich Albion’s striking starlet Saido Berahino is perhaps a case in point.

Spurs had all summer to make a move for a player who had impressed last year at the Baggies , yet the season had already begun when they made their approach.

Cue the initiating of a transfer saga that came to something of a close on Tuesday night with the player stating on twitter: “Sad how i cant say exactly how the club has treated me but i can officially say i will never play (under) Jeremy Peace”.

Chairman Peace’s stand in not allowing his - perceived as the smaller in this - be bullied by a so-called bigger club, should be lauded.

He said yesterday: “We have a key player who has been very unsettled by antics which were designed to get him out of our club cheaply.”

One can only speculate but it’s hard not to get the impression that this was Spurs’ game. Now they haven’t got their way and have left behind a mess that boss Tony Pulis now has to deal with.

Just one reason why the window should be shut before the season has begun.