Originally Posted by burchmackem
Totally agree. Just hate the whole last-day-of-preseason "he just got here and it'll take awhile for him to settle into the squad before we can start him" excuse.
Turtle - ey agree. Pre season is a complete waste of time these days other than an excuse for a few lads to go on their jollies. As a method of getting players used to each other it's largely pointless. With the window not closing till the end of August, several games into the season, it makes a lot of potentially crucial games irrelevant if the squad is not fully assembled and used to playing together till October. Unfortunately those (dropped) points still count.
Even last year I gave Bruce credit for getting a lot of players in early, but we all saw how much good that did when the cushion-faced git constantly whined on about the players needing more time.
For transfer window to have any merit it should open earlier and close BEFORE the start of the season.