Paul Merson disagrees with potential plan involving West Brom
Paul Merson has rubbished the idea of handing West Brom and Leeds United promotion to play in a 22-team Premier League next season.
The Baggies and the Whites have occupied the top-two spots in the Championship for almost all of the season and, as it stands, there is a six-point gap between second-placed Albion and third with nine games to play.
While West Brom and Leeds deserve automatic promotion based on what we’ve seen so far this season, those in the chasing pack would argue that anything could happen in the matches that are left to play.
Merson doesn’t believe that the 22-team Premier League is a viable option while nulling and voiding the season is also off the table for the ex-Arsenal player.
“I don’t think you can have 22 teams, promote West Brom and Leeds and then relegate five next year,” said Merson on the Sky Sports website. “And if they declare the season null and void, what are they going to do – give everyone their season ticket back because the season essentially never happened?
“There’s nothing to say the season has to start in August, that’s just how we choose it. The Euros will be next year, so no silly England international friendlies, which buys six or so weeks, so we could start the season later in September and October.
“Euro 2020 isn’t happening. That’s 100 per cent, for me. I wouldn’t even have the meeting on Tuesday. I don’t even know why they’re having a meeting about it. There’s no point.
“The Champions League and Euros are simple – cancel them. They don’t need to be played.”
The fairest option would be to find a way to complete the current season once the coronavirus-enforced suspension of the EFL is lifted.
However that is bound to bring about some difficulties.
What happens with contracts and loan deals that expire in June? What happens with the summer transfer window? What happens with sponsorship deals, kit manufacturer deals, television deals and whatever else usually ends over the summer?
There is a lot to think about for the Premier League and EFL in the coming weeks and months.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has detailed if West Brom should sign Callum Robinson if they win promotion.