West Ham United should be saved from relegation amid the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s according to former Premier League star turned pundit Chris Sutton.
The Premier League shut down until April 4th amid the global outbreak.
That put a halt on West Ham’s increasingly tense battle against relegation.
David Moyes’s side were outside the bottom three on goal difference before fixtures were shelved.
West Ham and football left in limbo
There is growing uncertainty over when the season will be resumed and even IF it realistically can be.
West Ham will take part in an emergency meeting of all 20 Premier League clubs today to thrash out different scenarios and possibly announce a new resumption timescale.
But with the virus peak not expected until June, restarting football seems unlikely.
And former Norwich, Blackburn and Chelseat star Sutton told BBC 5 Live Sport the league’s top brass simply need to relegate the three current worst teams Norwich, Aston Villa and Bournemouth.
Sutton says West Ham should be saved based on average points
“I don’t want to see Norwich going down but I think at this stage of the season I think if you do an average points – and I know that people would say that Villa have a game in hand – but they would still be second bottom as far as I know,” Sutton said on 5 Live Sport.
“But they have been the worst three teams. So my solution is to send the worst three teams, which those three are, down.
“There’s never going to be a perfect way. But this isn’t over six or eight or 10 games, this is over 28, 29, 30 games where we are now in the season.”
An average points system would be calculated by dividing the total number of points by number of games and played thus far. That would then be added to the totals for each time for 38 games.
Hammers would end up 16th with 35 points
West Ham’s average points per game as things stand is 0.93. With nine games remaining West Ham’s projected average points total for the 38 games – based on an additional 8.37 points for the remaining fixtures – would be 35.37 points.
Based on average points West Ham would end up safe and remain 16th ahead of the teams currently below them.
In other news West Ham made a surprise return to training on Wednesday (whufc.com).
The sessions were non contact and under careful supervision in accordance with government guidelines.
There is a meeting of Premier League clubs on Thursday to hold further discussions over what to do about the rest of the season (Sky Sports).