The Championship is set to get back underway on the weekend of the 20th June, as they look to complete the 2019/20 season in a swift fashion.
Leeds United are currently sat top of the second tier standings, and will be eager to pick up where they left off from, having won their last five matches in a row before the season was called to an abrupt halt due to off-the-field events.
QPR boss Mark Warburton has already voiced his concerns over the return to competitive action, and revealed that there was little consultation between relevant parties, including medical staff at clubs.
“Everyone was staggered when the news was suddenly announced last night. There was little consultation. I know our CEO, who has been outstanding throughout this, had no idea. Our medical team had no idea nor did I.”
Speaking in an interview with Football Insider, former Leeds defender Danny Mills insisted that the first few games of the 2019/20 season getting back underway will be vital for teams in the Championship, who will be keen to build some much-needed momentum.
“Everyone was expecting it a week later. In terms of testing and training the Championship has been a week behind the Premier League but they decided they can get it done.
“The first few games will be absolutely vital but it is the same for everybody so nobody has gained an advantage and that is what you have to look at.”
Mills went on to admit that there was never a ‘perfect solution’ for how the season should conclude, but also revealed that players’ fitness levels should still be at their peak despite working away from their training ground.
“Championship clubs have a plethora of medical staff and if these players have been looking after themselves in lockdown their base fitness levels should be incredibly high.
“You may get a few injuries but there was never going to be a perfect solution in all of this.”
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It’s an interesting debate.
You would have image that some clubs who have smaller squads are going to struggle towards the end of this year’s campaign, as they’re squeezing in a lot of matches in a relatively short space of time.
I can’t see this affecting Leeds too much though, as Marcelo Bielsa has rarely made changes to his team during this season, and I fully expect them to win a long-awaited promotion back into the Premier League.