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What we can learn about our own careers from the transfer window

Published: Tuesday 2nd February 2016

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The January transfer window has now closed with lots of players now facing a new start in their careers. So what learnings can we take from all this transfer activity for our own careers this month? After all, our whole career is one big transfer window allowing us to move at any time.

Manage an international move

Pep Guardiola was the biggest news of transfer deadline day, coming to England for a new challenge. The Nevilles have found their place in the sun with Gary going over to Valencia to take up the Manager’s role with Phil at his side. Sometimes there just aren’t the opportunities available in your industry at a time and location to suit. So you may have to look further afield and make a bold move to get the opportunity you deserve in order to develop our career.  And in Pep’s case, he can go where he wants because he is one of the greatest.


Steven Gerard refused big money moves in his career to stay loyal to Liverpool and Paul Scholes did the same at Manchester United. They achieved varying levels of success, if trophies are the only measure. Sometimes, if you really believe in the company you are working for, are surrounded by good people and feel like you belong, then there is no reason to leave. Radamel Falcao has chosen to be loyal to Chelsea…or did he just  not get any other offers?

Shop around

Nicholas Anelka has played for four different Premier League clubs, including Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Bolton Wanderers. Young Nick Powell at Manchester United has gone on loan to Hull City, his third loan in as many seasons, as he tries to progress his career. Steven Fletcher has gone to Marseille from Sunderland, who described him as ‘a fighter we already love’. Sometimes, if you’re not happy where you are, a move will do you good – a ‘change is as good as a rest’, as they say. However, sometimes if you’ve changed a lot, you have to ask yourself why.

Bigger company

A big-money move to a large company can be a good thing. Everton have just signed Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow to the Premiership and in the summer, Raheem Sterling was lured to the bright lights and big money of Manchester City but he risks having less game time and spending more time on the bench. Weighing up the opportunities and pros and cons of a move to a bigger organisation is crucial – Bigger is not always better.

Smaller pond

Rovers’ midfielder Sacha Petshi has made a permanent move from the Premier League to French Ligue 2 club US Creteil-Lusitanos. Though when Pogba left Manchester United in 2012, frustrated by a lack of opportunities, some wondered if Juventus was a smaller club and the move was a backward step. How wrong they were. He has started to really fulfil his talent; he’s made it to a Champions League Final and been named in the World Team of the Year. Sometimes going into a smaller pond gives you the chance to really show what you can do.

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