Phil Hay delivers verdict on potential outcome for Leeds United

Marcelo Bielsa

Although the Premier League are determined to get their remaining games underway in the near future, there’s no assurance whether the EFL can take the same route.

According to Dan Roan of BBC, League Two clubs are unanimous in wanting to end the season via PPG now.

They have agreed to cancel the remainder of the season and instead settle the final table via a weighted points-per-game system with 2-legged play-off semi-finals and then a final.

The clubs in the bottom division feel they cannot afford the Covid-19 tests. Plus, the economic climate doesn’t favour them in taking off furlough as yet.

This leaves huge doubt among the fans of Championship clubs about what the outcome could be. In the case of Leeds United, they’re in a position where all possible options except the null and void scenario would suit them.

In a recent Q/A session, Phil Hay of the Athletic has tackled a question on how he perceives the potential outcome for Leeds United. He writes:

“Leeds are sitting pretty in terms of PPG and their position in the league. They’re kept their powder dry and made very few public comments during the lockdown and they’ve seemed fairly relaxed from the start. It helps that the FA has told the Premier League that it can’t accept any attempt to prevent relegation this season. But as with everything, you can’t count chickens while they haven’t hatched.”

He further adds:

“The FA wants sporting merit to be applied and there will be all sorts of chaos if the EPL tries to avoid that. I found it interesting when Tyler Roberts said last week that he wanted to complete 46 games – a) so that Leeds are promoted properly and b) so that it kills the talk of Leeds losing their nerve last season. I’d also prefer to see the league finish.”

So, basically, Leeds United are pretty calm and confident about the situation. The chances of voiding the season look unlikely. The Whites, being at the top of the Championship, are better placed to progress to the top tier of English football next season.

But it could get extremely messy, especially keeping in mind how bottom clubs in the Premier League (for example – Norwich City) have reacted in recent weeks about their prospect of going down without the season being completed.