Several things will inevitably happen today, with it being Transfer Deadline Day: Jim White will almost pass out from false excitement, Harry Redknapp will talk about someone else’s player while saying he doesn’t like to talk about other clubs’ players and the giant yellow totalizer will tick on towards a ludicrous sum by 11pm.
Apparently we are supposed to get involved, and enjoy the festivities of the day – losing ourselves to the excitement of the occasion as Sky Sports attempt to convince us it’s just like a real game of football.
But it isnt, and we should all hate Transfer Deadline Day. They are the worst two days of the year if you’re a real football fan, and here are the reasons…
6. The Inevitable Heart-Break
Chances are someone, somewhere will be utterly heartbroken by the events of tonight’s transfer dealings. Whether that is because of a “bigger” or richer team plundering the squad to take prized assets away (something Everton fans in particular will be half-expecting surely,) or because a player has his head turned by reported interest and confirms himself a mercenary – it’s almost a certainty that there will be some frustrated fans.
That’s why we’re all gripped. Unless we’re Chelsea or Man City fans, we sit glued to our screens out of fear, and in the hope that the clock will tick down before someone comes and steals our players. It’s far from a positive experience, and the only happiness comes at 11.01pm when the possibility of deals drops dramatically (unless you’re one of the magic top four who seem able to extend the deadline every single year.)
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This article was first posted on January 31, 2013