Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says there was a touch of relief that the summer transfer window closed for Premier League and Championship clubs without one of his main assets leaving.
The Crewe boss was pleased to retain the services of the likes of Perry Ng, Charlie Kirk and Ryan Wintle, but he admits that it doesn’t necessary mean a big lower league club coming in before our own deadline on 2nd September.
Artell told crewealex.net: “Does not losing a player on deadline day mean we will have a more successful season? Maybe so but even so, every player has his price.
“It doesn’t matter at whatever level you play at. Even Manchester City players have a price on their head if the right offer came in.
“Footballers are replaceable and that is how it has always been.
“Our window closes on 2nd September so there is still an opportunity for a big club in League One or Two to still pay money for players. I know that one League One club was prepared to pay £750,000 for a player last year and that is a lot of money.
“We are not actively looking to sell any of our players but we know what our business model is and we know we cannot go on forever like that in the transfer windows.”