Frank Lampard unimpressed with messy transfer window

Derby County manager Frank Lampard has admitted that he is not impressed with the messy nature of the English transfer window. The Football League made the decision to close the transfer window before the first matchday of the Premier League but this has not prevented clubs from the second tier doing business with the loan window open until August 31.

Speaking to, Lampard said that he has not been pleased with the working of the transfer window with clubs still capable of securing loan moves with the option to buy, he said: “It has been a weird window, I don’t like the window. People are actually signing players still, so the window basically hasn’t shut. We shut it earlier on to make everybody happy, but we have dragged it on later for all of us. People are now signing players on loan with a view to buy, so I think it has been a bit messy, and I think it will accelerate again next week when teams realise it is coming to the deadline again. Whatever the date is, it needs to be everything there done and dusted.”

Despite starting the summer in a slow manner, Derby managed to pick up pace towards the end and they managed to pursue the likes of Martyn Waghorn and Jack Marriott to add the much-needed firepower after Matej Vydra’s exit. Derby started their Championship campaign with an away win over Reading but they have since gone off the boil with just one victory from the next three matches.

Nonetheless, the team are still at the early stage of the campaign and there is plenty of time through the season to propel themselves into the promotion spots. Lampard secured his maiden home win as the Derby boss against Ipswich Town in midweek and he will surely be aiming for a similar performance when Preston North End make the trip to Pride Park on Saturday.

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