Paul Merson has explained that Aston Villa pose a potential problem to Aston Villa ahead of a meeting on Thursday to discuss the fate of the season.
There is a meeting scheduled to discuss how the current campaign will be concluded, with action currently postponed in all English divisions at least until the beginning of April due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Many are suggesting that the leagues should resume as normal whenever it’s deemed safe to play again and change the football calendar accordingly, while others have claimed the season should be be scrapped altogether.
Sky Sports pundit and ex-Villa forward Merson believes that his former side are a major obstacle that the Premier League need to overcome.
Dean Smith’s team sit 19th in the Premier League table as it stands inside a relegation spot, but a win in their game in hand against seventh-placed Sheffield United would pull them up to 16th into safety.
“How can you call a league now and say Aston Villa are relegated? If they win their game in hand, they’re out of the bottom three,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“They won’t call the league now, but they could have if everyone had played the same amount of games. Now we have the problem, now we’re stuck.
“On Thursday when the Premier League talk, they’ll be stuck on what to do regarding Aston Villa. Villa are the problem! If Villa win that game in hand against Sheffield United, they stay up, and if Blades won that game, they’d be fifth, which is potentially a Champions League spot if Manchester City were banned!
The fairest solution is surely for teams to pick up from where they left off whenever it’s medically deemed safe to play again.
It looks like the football calendar is going to be wrecked, but new dates can be rearranged and they can work around that.
Villa surely can’t go down in the current position they find themselves, just like Liverpool can’t have a Premier League title taken away from them when they are on the verge of their first ever one.