Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino put his head above the parapet this week and West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini must join him.

When clubs voted in favour of closing the transfer window before the start of the new Premier League season it seemed like common sense.

Clubs like West Ham and Tottenham would have their squads in place before the big kick-off.

There would be no distractions and the managers could start shaping their teams earlier than before.

And of course the other European leagues would surely follow suit.

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Created a monster

Well they didn’t and now the closure of the window before the start of the English campaign is causing the likes of West Ham and Tottenham problems they wouldn’t have had before.

A number of Spurs players are being linked with moves away and Pochettino will have no way of signing replacements if they do leave.

For Pellegrini the problem is slightly different. The West Ham manager signed six players in the summer, two arriving on transfer deadline day.

West Ham spent the majority of the summer window chasing a top quality striker.

After being snubbed by Maxi Gomez the Hammers eventually brought in Sebastien Haller.

But much more was needed, particularly in defensive areas.

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West Ham’s unfinished business and Spurs’ anxious wait

And that has been brutally exposed in the first two games of the season. It has left West Ham fans feeling flat after hopes they could compete for a European place.

With the window closed Pellegrini has no way to address the issues – in defensive midfield and at fullback in particular – that the competitive action has highlighted in a way pre-season cannot replicate.

Spurs are potentially one big late bid for  Christian Eriksen away from a fatal blow to any outside hopes of the title and even a top four spot.


An irked Pochettino has already seen enough.

And he told Sky Sports that he and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy want to lobby to have the window closure revert back to the beginning of September.

“I wasn’t in agreement (with the decision anyway) but at that moment they believed that was best for the clubs,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.

“But I think he (Levy) and a lot of people now realise it was a massive mistake. I hope that we fix the problem for the next season.

“We need to go back and operate in the same way that they operate in Europe because I think it’s massive when you go to compete in the Europa League or Champions League.

“Champions League teams can create a problem for a team like us and it’s so clear that I cannot be happy as a coach that in the last three weeks clubs from Europe can unsettle your team. For me it’s not common sense and we need to go back quick, hope they have a good conversation at the Premier League and go back quickly (to how it was).”

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Set rivalries aside for greater good

Putting club rivalries aside, West Ham must give Pochettino’s sentiments their public backing too.

If enough clubs bang the drum it would not take long to have the window changed back.

That way clubs like West Ham and Tottenham can protect their interests.

On the evidence we have seen so far West Ham look way off being the competitive force many had predicted.

Spurs also look over-reliant on a player who might not even be there by the close of the European window.

Who knows how costly it could prove for both clubs.

Only time will tell. But at least with the old window there was a buffer and an even playing field.

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