AVB wants window shut early
Andre Villas-Boas has added his name to the growing list of managers who think the transfer window should close before the start of the season. Villas-Boas is expected to be one of the busiest managers in the Premier League on Friday as he looks to snap up at least two new signings and off-load a number of players before tonight's 11pm deadline. Although he signed Jan Vertonghen and Gylfi Sigurdsson before the season started, Villas-Boas has only just been able to integrate Mousa Dembele and Emmanuel Adebayor in to his squad after their recent arrivals. Villas-Boas also had to contend with having an unhappy player at the club's training ground after Luka Modric's move to Real Madrid dragged on to the point where the Croat was forced to train alone so his unhappiness did not affect the rest of the squad. Villas-Boas, like fellow managers Martin Jol and Martin O'Neill, believes the transfer window should shut before the start of the season to allow everyone to have a settled squad by the time the campaign begins. "The window should finish at the beginning of the season," Villas-Boas told a press conference. "It's extremely unfair for players, clubs and managers as they prepare for the beginning of the league. "There has been a conversation about this between the managers in England but abroad, in UEFA Meetings (we have to) propose a closure before the league starts. "I think it is something that makes sense and let's everyone focus on one direction. It's the same for everyone at the moment but it doesn't mean it's right." Once the dust has settled on what will no doubt be a frenetic day of activity at White Hart Lane, Villas-Boas will turn his attention to tomorrow's home game against Norwich. The 34-year-old has brought two decent displays out of his new side, but Spurs have only taken one point from their clashes against Newcastle and West Brom. The Portuguese admits he was frustrated to concede an injury-team equaliser against the Baggies last weekend, but is not overly concerned about his team's poor start. "We wanted to start better," Villas-Boas said. "One point out of a possible six is something that disappoints us, but we played two excellent games against both teams. "We have to improve on our concentration levels and take the games through with results that are more positive to us." The Canaries put a huge dent in Tottenham's Champions League ambitions last season when they won 2-1 at White Hart Lane in April. The Norfolk side have struggled so far this season under new manager Chris Hughton, losing 5-0 to Fulham on the opening day of the season before claiming a 1-1 home draw against QPR last weekend. Villas-Boas thinks Hughton's men will go in to tomorrow's game with confidence, however, after they registered their first win of the season against Scunthorpe in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. "It has been a difficult start for them," Villas-Boas said. "But the win in the League Cup is something that will inspire them and give them more confidence."
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