It offers us a little bit of flexibility, but I’m not sure if it’s something we should necessarily want.
According to a report in The Sun On Sunday (via BirminghamLive), there are a number of EFL clubs that are open to the idea of extending the transfer season until the end of the year. The report claims that it’s a way for clubs to make up for the fact they could be forced to play in front of empty stadiums for the rest of the year, and clubs may need to sell players in order to keep money flowing in due to the potential lack of gate receipts.
Now for those of us who are old enough to remember, this idea wouldn’t be too dissimilar to the system that was in place almost twenty years ago, where players could move freely through the season rather than being restricted to just the summer months and January.
However, for a club like Birmingham City, I can’t envision this being a major problem, because I don’t think we’re going to be in such a situation going into next season assuming all goes ‘to plan’, and could give us a bit on an advantage.
Are there some benefits to selling Jude Bellingham?
With the reports flying in that Jude Bellingham could be leaving for as much as £30m in the summer, which would be more in that one swoop than we made in revenue through the entirety of the 2018-19 season, where we made £5.2m in match day revenue, we could be seeing things going a lot smoother all things considered.
If all the dominoes fall in such a way where Bellingham departs the club, I don’t think we’re going to need to sell any more players throughout the season in order to stay afloat financially.
So whilst other clubs in the Championship start to panic about having to balance first-team affairs with financial ones, we can just go on our merry way (minus Bellingham of course), knowing that we don’t have to worry about such a thing.