One of the biggest obstacles that Leeds United could still face in their battle be promoted this summer is the prospect of the Premier League scrapping relegation.
A number of top flight clubs are said to be against the idea of teams going down, or indeed up, unless both the Premier League and the Championship are played to completion.
And that would mean that they would oppose the Whites making a long-awaited return to the top table of English football if the EFL resorted to deciding the second tier on the basis of a points per game average.
And that will remain a concern for Marcelo Bielsa’s men until the Premier League take the decision to rule out the prospect of scrapping relegation.
Which is why the latest update from chief executive Richard Masters will be a worry to many supporters.
According to the senior figure, the prospect of ruling out relegation has still not been taken off the table entirely.
An article from the BBC, reporting on an interview with Masters, reads: “Masters also admitted the idea of scrapping relegation ‘would come up for discussion’ and was ‘a significant topic’.
“‘That will be part of the debate we have,’ he said. ‘What would happen in that environment (curtailment of season) is something we’re yet to discuss with the clubs.'”
The fact that scrapping relegation has not been ruled out entirely yet is ridiculous.
The Premier League and the Championship have both made it clear that they would prefer to finish their respective campaigns if possible.
But if things have to be curtailed early, and if some kind of algorithm is employed to settle things, it would be shockingly harsh to punish Leeds at the expense of clubs who are at the bottom of the Premier League based on their own poor form.
Thankfully, FA chairman Greg Clarke has stated that he intends to oppose any motion to scrap relegation, but the Premier League need to step up, show some decisiveness, and back his stance as soon as possible.
In other Leeds United news, Report – Championship club launch fresh bid to block Whites promotion by opposing EFL restart.