Project restart is well under way, with most Premier League players returning to training this week. West Ham were one of the lucky teams to have no players test positive for the virus. Whilst Watford were hit the hardest with three members of staff testing positive.
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And Jamie Redknapp has suggested that when Premier League action does eventually resume, there is a risk that it will be an unfair competition, because some players will simply not want to return, train and play for their clubs.
West Ham are sitting in 16th spot in the Premier League table. The last match they played was on March 7th – a 1-0 away defeat to Arsenal.
What is more important, health or finances? The answer should be obvious
David Moyes’s men are in real danger of being relegated, but despite that, the players and fans will be desperate to get under way.
The same cannot be said for every single player and fan, however. There are large numbers of the paying public and Premier League players who simply believe human safety should come before finances and the rush to get football back.
Jamie Redknapp shared with Sky Sports his concerns regarding the Premier League’s project restart:
“I’ve spoken to managers, there’s a lot more to come out that just don’t feel right about it. That’s going to be a major problem. If you’ve got a squad of 22, 23 players and six or seven are not comfortable, how is that a fair competition? It becomes a real Premier League problem. It doesn’t become fair. I do think it’s going to get harder and harder, I think you’re going to see more players coming out and saying they’re not sure about playing. It’s so difficult for players right now. A lot of them are keen to come and get started, but there will be others like N’Golo Kante who are nervous. There will be a lot of players who are nervous to say they’re not comfortable because they’re worried about the repercussions.”
In truth, football should not start again until it is 100 per cent safe to do so.
And it will be interesting to see just how many players speak up and refuse to train and play over the upcoming weeks.