When the transfer window closed, some of our notable managers stood looking through the bars as prisoners in a cell.
They are the ones who could not spend another hundred million or more in an eleven-hour fight, which makes the opening of the Harrods sale look like an ordered queue. That despair turns the mirror of how sadly football has changed.
The last-minute uproar exposes how little the judgment of a player's ability now counts in a market resembles a Turkish bazaar. All that matters is buying, buying, buying.
José Mourinho could not get the players he wanted in a disappointing window for him
It is a tawdry circus that seeks to please fanatics who have been weaned into a diet of ridiculously expensive players, made to seem superficially thrilling by their exotic names and distant origins.
So the more foreigners the better. So much the better if they had their 15 minutes of fame and improvement in the World Cup. No matter the quality, feel the width of the payment package.
The closer to the deadline, the louder the cries are: "Does anyone sell a striker, any striker?" "Find me a defender, any defender." & # 39; How much is a goalkeeper? Sixty million? I'll give you seventy if you bring him here at five o'clock. The names are like random Scrabble letters: "Everything is better."
Everton completed the hiring of 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bernard on Thursday
Everton also added Yerry Mina to his squad, another agreement that happened on the day.
They may not be very good: There are no problems, we can pack them on loan next month if they are useless. & # 39; William Shakespeare would have had a phrase for that: "A racehorse, a racehorse, my kingdom for a racehorse."
José Mourinho puts it in the bargaining language of the modern game: "Two, I want two. Okay, how much does one cost? But can we blame the Special for following the path of the rest?
Not when all that matters is signing someone, anyone. You should not stay behind Behind bars.
Chelsea hastened to bring Kepa Arrizabalaga (above) to replace Thibaut Courtois
I have to have a bright new star to come out this first weekend of the Premier League. Even if it goes rusty in the first summer rains. Because the others have one or two. It is a heart-rending substitute for money for proper management and training.
There were always transfers, of course. But not on this scale of manic trading bag.
There was a time when managers returned from summer vacations ready to motivate the good players who were already in their books for another season of great effort.
When the coaches had the task of bringing young people from their own club to reinforce or replace the first team men who were beginning to feel their age.
At that time it was to teach, then to inspire. Hard work, that. Now it is spending, waiting and returning to the Rolls Royce. Pathetic.
Fulham added players to their ranks, including Luciano Vietto on loan from Atlético de Madrid
Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino failed in his quest to strengthen his team this summer