Revealed: What happens to Leeds loan stars if season extended to July
The EFL is likely to secure a league-wide agreement on loan deal extensions if the season is extended beyond June due to the coronavirus in a move that would have major Leeds United repercussions, Football Insider has learned.
Premier League clubs will hold an emergency meeting Thursday of next week to discuss possible measures to deal with the spread of the virus.
Top of the agenda will be how to complete this season’s fixtures and the destination of the title, promotion and relegation as well as the top-four finishes if the club’s can’t do so.
One possibility is that Euro 2020 is postponed – possibly until 2021 – and the domestic leagues continue into June and July.
That would have major ramifications for all the Football League clubs who stockpile their squads with loan players.
In line with the football calendar, contracts usually run until 30 June with new deals often starting on 1 July.
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EFL member clubs would need to reach an agreement as part a one-off policy for loans to be extended beyond the normal end point.
This would free team to continue playing their temporary signings should the domestic season continue into July.
Leeds would be strongly affected as they have five loan stars, all of whom are marquee recruits or key members of the team.
Ben White and Jack Harrison have been ever-presents this season, Jean-Kevin Augustin was an expensive January recruit while Helder Costa and new first choice keeper Illan Meslier are key men.
The Premier League and EFL both announced yesterday morning they have agreed to suspend all matches until at least 3 April with immediate effect.
There is only faint hope teams will be back playing at that point as Covid-19 is so highly contagious that players are set to be in and out of isolation and unlikely to be fit to play again in three weeks.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side are top of the Championship with 71 points, one ahead of West Brom and seven clear of third-placed Fulham.
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