By Dr Dan Plumley

21st Dec, 2021 | 12:45pm

Dr Dan issues £18m West Brom claim after official news in last 24 hours

West Brom have avoided a major problem for the time being after the Football League elected not to alter its fixture plans.

So says finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the pandemic’s potential to disrupt the EFL season.

Despite a number of confirmed Covid cases among their ranks, West Brom have so far avoided the cancellation of their Championship fixtures.

Recent soaring coronavirus numbers had led to fears that the season could be paused or return temporarily to behind-closed-doors settings.

But the EFL confirmed yesterday (20 December) that the festive fixture programme would go ahead as planned.

The Baggies earned £18million in matchday income in the last non-Covid hit season, more than any other Championship side.

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Plumley insists that Albion will have breathed a sigh of relief when they discovered there is no immediate blueprint to alter matchday plans.

“It would hurt clubs in the Football League,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“West Brom have got parachute payments so it isn’t as bad for them. They are still getting some payment there.

“But in that league, the broadcast deal on offer is nowhere near the level of the Premier League.

“EFL teams are more reliant on matchday income the further down the pyramid you go.

“Postponements would be okay in the short term because you’re expecting the game to played further down the line.

“Matchday income can still be realised because fans will be there. But if it goes behind closed doors, rebates become a problem.”

West Brom, who were relegated from the top-flight last term, are currently 4th in the Championship table.

Valerien Ismael’s side are set to face Derby Count on 27 December, Covid permutations permitting.

In other news, Middlesbrough and Stoke in race to sign West Brom-linked Premier League star.