There is one thing I have never understood about the summer transfer window.
And I might have missed the explanation.
If I have, then I’m sure someone, somewhere out there in MyFootballWriter Land will enlighten me.
But why does the summer transfer window have to close at the end of August – and not at the end of July?
It would make everyone’s life so much easier – not least the Carrow Road board as all eyes turn towards them following this weekend’s goalless home opener against Sheffield Wednesday.
Coming hard on the heels of last weekend’s goal-fest away at Blackburn Rovers, Norwich’s tea-time TV ‘treat’ found City boss Alex Neil bemoaning the fact that the current Class of 16-17 could go from one “extreme to another” in terms of attacking endeavours.
Or, indeed, overall play.
From glass over-flowing to glass nigh on empty as the Canaries struggled to make anything by way of a dent in the visitors’ defence.
In short, it was Norwich’s other half; the one that more often than not rocks up at home; the same home that was mentioned on Friday – the one for the fainter hearts.
Neil, not surprisingly, was also to be found confirming that a new No9 remained his top priority.
He has No 10s by the bucket-load, though none proved able to pick their way through a well-organised Wednesday side, who would head back to South Yorkshire well pleased with their point.
“We need to bring in a striker to give Cameron [Jerome] a hand,” said the City chief afterwards, speaking to Canaries TV.
“That’s not news to anybody, we just need to try and get that work done as quickly as we can. We’ve got good players; it just so happens we’re short in one position.”
Which brings us back to the opening point of this piece – why does the transfer window not close at the end of July as opposed to the end of August?
Someone will have the sensible answer.
In the meantime, it might be worth seeing the month of August through the eyes of players’ agents – the people who really oil the wheels of the greasy machine that is football.
Having a window that closes the better part of three weeks into the start of a season is perfect for them.
Because as unfolding events at Carrow Road are merely confirming, the pressure to do something (anything) when it comes to making a No 9 and ‘marque’ signing grows by the day when all involved can see the gap in their armour.
And results/performances started to underline that point.
As do the punters reactions on message boards and phone-ins etc… Everyone screaming for action becomes so much music to the ears of Mr Ten Per Cent.
Because as the pressure mounts on the City board to do something, so the price of their eventual answer merely rises.
It is simply the law of supply and demand kicking in. The more the demand grows and supply proves problematic, so the price rises.
A fact not lost at players still – for now – in a Norwich shirt. They too might want-away that little bit more as they start to sense the first rumblings of discontent seeping from the stands as the game’s real power-brokers go to work.
So agents and players alike can sit back and watch their ‘clients’ – the football clubs – squirm in their hour of need, before finally making their way to the negotiating table come the midnight hour at the end of this month.
By which stage the Good Ship A Neil may or may not be fatally holed beneath the waterline as every newly-relegated manager faces the toughest 100 days of their managerial career – trying to prove to a restless nation that they are, indeed, still up to the task.
The Canary board have the sterner test – trying to mix ambition with prudence. Again.
And even if Prudence is not what she once was with so much parachute riches at their disposal, you still have to get the right player to come to the far end of the A11.
In the knowledge that they won’t be hitting the fleshpots of London till ten o’clock on a Saturday night.
Not for the first time, it is the agents who are coming up smelling of roses here as the Canary faithful start to sense something whiffy in the air, transfer-wise.
And the club struggle to find anyone to fill the large vacancy left by one Grant Holt in terms of that classic No9 striker.
But a repeat performance in midweek against a similarly obdurate Bristol City will leave Neil needing a big derby win rather more desperately than all would like.
One final point.
Timing is everything in show business. Whether now is the best time to be donning the sequins for a summer season on Strictly Come Dancing might be a moot point as far as the message board fraternity are concerned.