Millwall defender Jed Wallace has urged against the EFL voiding the 2019/20 season or handing Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion promotion into the Premier League, should it not be possible to resume the term.
The Whites and Baggies currently occupy the top-two positions in the Championship standings and look clear-on favourites to secure top-flight football on merit should the season continue, given the pair are separated by the single point but are six points clear of third.
Wallace is in no doubt that the Elland Road and Hawthorns natives have been the “two best teams in the whole league”, but would argue that a cloud will forever linger over their promotions if they were achieved without playing the full 46 games.
Play is currently on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and Wallace would urge the league to stick to their promise of indefinitely extending the season so that there can be no doubt over clubs securing promotion fairly or not.
“Even though, in my opinion, Leeds and West Brom are the two best teams in the whole league, if they go up now people will be saying: ‘You didn’t do the whole season, it was coronavirus year’,” Wallace told Millwall fan site News At Den.
“I think for everyone involved, emotionally and in terms of it being an equal playing ground, it’s only right to play out the whole season. Liverpool and Leeds fans are probably feeling the same as us. The one year we can sneak into the Play-Offs there’s a pandemic that stops us doing it.
“My overwhelming emotion is, ‘we can’t void the season, we can’t void the season’. I’ve not even thought about when we’re going to play the games, how we’re going to play the games, who’s going to be there. It’s just a fear they’re going to void it, which wouldn’t sit right with me. It wouldn’t be right.
“I just really hope the right decision is made for everyone. All my friends that I speak to in football are saying the same thing, they don’t want it voided. It just doesn’t seem to make much sense to do it.”
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Millwall are two points outside the Play-Off places at present with 54 points to their name, but were closing the gap to sixth-placed Preston North End when play hit pause.
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