Sheffield Wednesday head into the summer transfer window full of optimism, with Steve Bruce aiming to strengthen his squad for a serious promotion push next season.
Bruce has produced a dramatic turnaround of fortunes since arriving at Hillsborough in February by helping secure a 12th-placed finish for the Owls after a miserable first half of the season under Jos Luhukay.
The former Aston Villa boss now believes his squad must adopt a fresh look ahead of next season, as they look to end their seven-year stay in the Championship by gaining promotion.
However, Bruce has now admitted that he dislikes the idea of transfer windows as it makes life more difficult for clubs outside the Premier League to recruit players.
“I don’t like transfer windows at all,” Bruce told The Star.
“I think they are a restriction of trade, particularly in the lower divisions. As far as I am concerned, there should be no transfer windows.”
The report also states that Wednesday are looking to recruit up to six new faces this summer, but there may be a series of outgoings with there being a pressing need to balance the books at Hillsborough.
Bruce’s comments come following some significant changes to the transfer window in recent seasons, with it now being announced that EFL clubs will not be able to loan players throughout August like last summer.
I agree with Bruce’s verdict that the transfer window is an issue particularly for clubs outside the top-flight, as much of their business is dependent on the actions of Premier League clubs.
I think Bruce is correct in his view that transfer windows should be reconsidered, but it seems a big jump to eliminate them altogether.