A report from The Telegraph has been discussing what the Premier League and EFL may do regarding promotions and relegations this season, with the very real possibility that no team will get promoted from the Championship.
This news will, of course, be devastating for Leeds United and West Brom, who are currently on course for promotion to the Premier League.
The report claims that the potential financial ramifications for relegating a team means that, legally, forcing it upon teams without the full season being played out would be minefield.
Therefore, no team looks set to be relegated from the Premier League, with the top-flight also determined not to simply declare the season null-and-void.
The report, therefore, suggests that the ‘door being shut’ on Premier League promotion is an ‘option under consideration’.
But there is hope for both Leeds United and West Brom. Another idea being put forward revolves around the current Championship top two being promoted and the Premier League being a 22-team competition for the 2020-21 campaign.
In that scenario, Leeds and West Brom would be promoted to the Premier League, but the likes of Fulham, Brentford, Nottingham Forest would undoubtedly have cause for complaint.
In fact, every team in the Championship is still, mathematically, in the race for promotion with sixth-placed Preston North End on 56 points and bottom-side Barnsley 22 points behind them on 34. There are 27 points left to play for in the Championship this season. Realistically, every team down to 13th-placed QPR on 50 points could stake a claim for genuine promotion chances this season.
The no promotion option would undoubtedly have Leeds United and West Brom fans fuming, as well as the clubs currently battling them for the automatic places and the play-offs. The other option, of allowing Leeds and West Brom promotion but leaving the others in the Championship, would simply anger two less teams.
There is no right or wrong answer in this unprecedented situation, but Leeds United and West Brom will undoubtedly be hopeful of a return to the Premier League in some capacity.