Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor has said it’s important for Leeds United that the Championship sets a restart date and fulfils its fixtures after it was announced the Premier League will return on June 17.
He added that the EFL can’t promote and relegate on points-per-game, with too much at stake for clubs.
The Championship is running behind the current Premier League schedule, although it has reasserted its commitment to play on in the second tier.
Agbonlahor thinks this is critical with so much at stake for Leeds and West Brom and said the EFL can’t decide to finish the season on points-per-game.
Talking on the Football Centre (Sky Sports, Saturday, 11am), Agbonlahor was asked if there would be more focus and pressure on the Championship after the Premier League restart date was announced.
“I think it’s so important for the Championship to finish the season,” Agbonlahor said.
“You look at Leeds and West Brom… Those players, those fans will be desperate to see their sides get promoted.
“A lot of teams are around the play-offs, the relegation zone needs sorting… The season has to carry on and if it finishes later than the Premier League and has to start later than the Premier League next season then that’s what you have to do.
“They can’t do what they’re talking about doing with points-per-game in League One and League Two. They can’t do that.
“What’s at stake with promotion and relegation is massive. I don’t think it’s fair on either league but especially on the Championship.”
The Championship is a huge league that’s consistently in the top 10 most-watched divisions in Europe.
It might be dwarfed by the Premier League, and it’s no surprise that the top-flight is forging ahead in its restart plans, but it would be a major embarrassment for the government if the Championship couldn’t play on, especially given what’s happened in the Bundesliga.
However, there are a surprising number of Leeds fans who don’t agree with Agbonlahor.
We know many who want the season ended now and for Leeds to be promoted on points-per-game.
We don’t agree. We think Leeds have to win promotion on the pitch, no-matter how nervy that’s going to be.
We have to have confidence that Leeds can come out on top after a nine-game mini-season with a seven-point headstart.
We understand why some fans would want to take the uncertainty out of the season but if Leeds can’t finish the job given their massive advantage, they won’t deserve to go up.
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