Jack Grealish is in agreement with Gary Neville and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the Premier League should continue amid talk of a potential circuit break. Reports claim that top-flight clubs have held initial talks over a two-week interval which would help control the recent rise in coronavirus cases, however, an official statement from the Premier League has now confirmed that fixtures will go ahead as usual: “With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the Premier League continues to have full confidence in its COVID-19 protocols and being able to continue to play our fixtures as scheduled.”
Tottenham’s home clash with Fulham has become the second fixure to fall foul to postponement this game week after Everton’s clash with Manchester City at Goodison Park was cancelled due to an outbreak in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Sheffield United also confirmed a number of their players had tested positive before the 1-0 defeat at Burnley following the latest round of testing.
Eighteen Premier League players have tested positive this time around, the highest ever figure recorded since testing began earlier this summer.
Gary Neville is the latest figure to weigh in on the idea of a circuit break and the Sky Sports pundit is totally against the move, claiming players would still have to mix at the training ground during that period, rendering the process ineffective.
The Red Devils are just two points behind leaders Liverpool now following last night’s last-gasp win over Wolves and after the game United boss Solskjaer revealed he was totally against a break.
He said: “I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break. When are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult.
“If you just stop more games, I don’t think that’s going to make a big change.”
Meanwhile, newly-appointed West Brom manager Sam Allardyce urged the Premier League to take action following the sharp rise in cases.
Speaking after the 5-0 defeat to Leeds, Big Sam admitted he is fearing for his own health amid worrying times.
“Everyone’s safety is more important than anything else,” he said.
“When I listen to the news that the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus, we can only do the right thing, which is have a circuit break.
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do is catch Covid.
“As much as we’re getting tested – we had one positive this week – it seems to be creeping round. No matter how hard we try, no matter how many times we get tested, how we wear our masks, how we sanitise our hands, we’re still catching a lot of infections round the country.
“If that helps [circuit breaker], let’s do it and let the season run a little longer when we get through it.”