Premier League teams have been “spooked” by the points deduction handed out to Everton which is having an impact on the transfer window, according to Daily Mail journalist Simon Jones.
The Toffees were docked 10 points back in November after being found guilty of flouting the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, a ruling they have challenged.
Everton were hit with a second charge alongside Nottingham Forest on January 16 (Sky Sports) and Jones thinks the situation at Goodison Park has had a knock-on effect with the rest of the league.
“Premier League transfer outlay this month is just £37m with clubs spooked by Everton’s 10-point penalty and spending more judiciously, making it a nightmare for agents,” he wrote in the Mail’s print edition on Thursday (25 January, page 70).
He added: “There is no doubt the 10-point punishment meted out to Everton for falling foul of profit and sustainability, and the pending second charges they and Nottingham Forest now face, have brought greater caution to the usual trend to spend.”
The January transfer window is notoriously tricky to do business in.
Clubs are generally reluctant to lose players in the middle of the season and fees tend to be inflated.
This season you have the added difficult of teams losing players to the Africa Cup of Nations and the Asian Cup, while some teams will be keeping players to feature in the FA Cup this weekend.
But Jones is right, the biggest influence on spending has been what has happened to Everton and there is general malaise in this window so far as teams attempt to keep their spending in check.
It’s made for a rather dull window thus far and any business Everton do is likely to be late loans, with exits probably more likely than incomings.
There is still time for the chequebooks to be flung open, of course, but it isn’t looking altogether likely that we’ll see big splurges in the coming days.