As the Covid 19 pandemic continues at pace, there remain plenty of questions for football to answer when it comes to how the 2019/20 competitions will come to an end, if voiding the year doesn’t happen, but working on the presumption that at some point games will begin, there are those Aston Villa fans out there who have questioned whether goalkeeper Tom Heaton and Wesley could come back into contention given the delay.
Earlier in the week, the topic came up in a few threads on our Vital Villa Forum and the common consensus appeared to be, that although we had gaps in our 25 man Premier League squad, given Heaton and Wesley weren’t registered with the PL, they would not come back into our thoughts even if they did recover.
Should They Come Back Into Contention?
This point seems to have been overlooked by former striker Darren Bent when he spoke about Heaton coming back into head coach Dean Smith’s thoughts earlier in the week.
Latching to an interview Heaton held with the E&S, Bent commented.
“It’s a really interesting situation, this buys him a little bit of time. I know what he’s saying, that it doesn’t really affect him, but it does in a sense that he’s obviously going to come back and there might be more games for him, for all we know. I can understand it doesn’t affect the timescale of him coming back but by the time he comes back, they might not have even played a game which might mean he goes straight back in.”
Football has enough to sort out at the minute when it comes to player wages and clubs leaning on the taxpayer despite the riches in the game, so I really don’t think anyone has the stomach to argue whether players who were ruled out for the season with injury should now come back into contention if the season does eventually restart.