The changes to the transfer windows, which were essentially cutting out the ’emergency loan’ element, focused teams’ attentions on their operations in the windows themselves.
Suddenly decision-making became paramount in team’s thinking when it came to transfer policy and subsequent transfer signings. Not getting what was wanted, nay needed, in the summer window suddenly meant a five month wait until things could be put right. Equally, rash decisions and purchases meant that teams had five months to suffer before amends could begin to be made.
Every window involves teams chasing after identified targets, this last the window, the summer 2017 window, was no different. Some teams are happy with their lot, others aren’t so enamoured. After all the wheeling and dealing is done, there are always deals at don’t go through or players left at clubs who don’t move on. In that vein, here are four players from the Championship who will most likely move on in the January window.
Here’s the first of the quartet that are likely to leave their club during the January window.
Ross McCormack (Aston Villa)
What Ross McCormack faces is a long five months of being on the sidelines and with his only real action for Villa being out on the training pitch. The 31-year-old Scot’s time at Villa Park is definitely drawing to a close and, after his non-shows at training shenanigans last season, his cards are marked.
During this last window, it was obvious that McCormack’s goal threat and previous tallies carried a certain cachet as there were teams interested in him. He has scored 149 goals over his career, 120 of these in the Championship alone. He spent time out on loan at Nottingham Forest last season, and on Deadline Day on Thursday both Sunderland and Rangers were interested in acquiring his services.
Sunderland’s endeavours to brining him on board at the Theatre of Light stalled over the amounts of contribution they would pay towards his £45,000-per-week wages, with Rangers’ interest coming too late in the day. However, with a contract that lasts until 2020, it is a safe bet that someone will come in and take McCormack during the January window.
Next up is a defender only held up this time due to late paperwork.