Leeds United ace Mateusz Klich has given his verdict on comments made by Tottenham Hotspur ace Harry Kane in which he suggested that the Premier League season ought to be cancelled if it cannot be completed by the end of June.
The nation’s football has ground to a standstill until at least 30 April due to the global health crisis, and speculation has been raging over how to see out the 2019-20 campaign.
Some of the options up for debate include rendering the season null and void, declaring it finished as things stand, and seeing the remaining fixtures out, either behind closed doors or once it’s safer to do so.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are currently first in the Championship table and on the brink of a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004, so the Whites will be monitoring proceedings closely.
Leeds want the season to be seen out and all teams given the opportunity to earn their rightful place in the table – and permutations met – after 46 fixtures.
Spurs and England striker Kane, meanwhile, thinks there should be a limit on when to end the campaign.
“I know the Premier League will do everything it can to finish the season,” Kane said in an Instagram Live video with Jamie Redknapp, as quoted by talkSPORT.
“There needs to be a point where enough is enough. Probably the limit for me is the end of June.”
Kane’s comments have caused a stir amongst some fans, including those of teams who are in line to win titles or promotion.
“I’m watching BBC News and Sky Sports News every day,” Klich is quoted by Leeds Live as saying. “Different solutions, different plans, but the hope we are going to end the season.
“I don’t know who wants to finish the season more, us or Liverpool. Yesterday, Harry Kane said the season should be cancelled, but I know why he wants that.
“We have to go along because we are football players, we are not scientists and we are not doctors, so we have no idea how it’s going to work, but there are loads of different opinions about it.
“I can guarantee we, West Brom and Liverpool want to finish the season as soon as possible, so let’s hope we’re going to play those games.”
Tottenham currently sit eighth in the Premier League table.
Given the unprecedented halt in proceedings due to an unprecedented health crisis, the number one priority is to keep people safe, but at the same time, the question of what to do with the various competitions needs to be resolved.
It’s a very contentious issue as every possible solution proposed has pros and cons which are bound to affect at least some clubs adversely, and so it’s not a decision that can be taken lightly.
The personal view of the TBR writer is to see the 2019-20 season out when it’s safe to do so, even if it has to be in the summer – it’s important that the campaign, and its permutations, can be fulfilled as intended.