By George Hartley

29th Dec, 2021 | 12:10pm

Gary Neville: 'The PL and EFL have got to stop these cancellations' as Leeds games postponed

Gary Neville has spoken out on Twitter after two Leeds United fixtures were postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.

The ex-Manchester United player slammed the Premier League with matches continuing to be postponed as COVID-19 cases sweep through squads.

Leeds United have seen games against Liverpool and Aston Villa, scheduled to take place on 26 and 28 December respectively, both suspended.

The former right-back highlighted that Premier League and English Football League teams often have squads over up to 50 players and the problem could be solved if matches went ahead and clubs fielded younger talent.

Neville compared the situation to the Carabao Cup in which many top sides rest their experienced players in favour of up-and-coming youngsters with a point to prove.

Neville wasn’t afraid to speak his truth in his tweet.

It read: “The PL and EFL (in particular) have got to stop these cancellations unless in exceptional circumstances.

“Each club has 40-50 players including youth team as a minimum.

“If it’s the Carabao Cup or EFL Trophy they find a team without fielding the first 11. Get on with it.”

COVID dilemma

Neville makes a very solid point in his tweet about how clubs could field younger talent if the Premier League allowed them to go ahead with games.

The teams in the division all have large squads and would certainly have the ability to field a team even with their usual starting line-ups ravaged by the pandemic.

One argument would be that some clubs have been impacted more than others due to the rise in cases this December. This may cause an unfair advantage with some times fielding experienced international players and others reduced to using unseasoned teenagers to fill up their matchday squad.

It is an interesting situation and we will have to wait and see whether changes are made by the Premier League. Pundit Adrian Durham shares Neville’s views and we concur with their points too.

However, I do see that an unfair advantage may be given to certain teams who aren’t hit as hard.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shares what sources in Germany have said about Bayern Munich in regards to Raphinha.