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"Value For Players Only Increases In The Summer Window"

4 February 2019

David Artell believes that suitors will be interested in his main assets this summer because the closed season is the better time frame for conducting business.

The Crewe Alexandra boss described himself ‘as absolutely delighted’ that no-one came in for his players during the January transfer window, especially with the club’s run over Christmas and the New Year giving us an outside chance of the play-offs.

Artell believes that the summer transfer window reflects more value for players, as clubs perform more due diligence before moving for potential targets.

The Crewe boss said: “I think the January window can be a bit rushed and panicky because it is all crammed into four weeks. It does get a bit manic and you have calls from agents offering you all sorts.

“Some of them are decent options but most of the time, they offer you a lot of tosh. I had agents on deadline day offering me goalkeepers. I think one minute of research or doing their proper homework would see that we have three goalkeepers!

“They just make a token phone call so they can tell their player that they have called every manager in the Football League for them!

“I think players realise their value more in the summer. I think clubs have the opportunity to do their due diligence more and the thought process behind it is a lot better. In January it can all become a bit rushed.

“I think that club have an amount they want to spend in January and if their offer isn’t accepted for one then they quickly move on to another one. They just go for someone else.

The boss added: “In the summer I think they go for the targets they really want and there is less emotional involved because they have more time to assess things.”  


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