“If they’re too scared, they won’t be able to act”: Sam Allardyce insists players fearing that Premier League returns should be supported and lack of fitness “is their least concern”
- Sam Allardyce has tackled challenged clubs now facing star gains
- Former England manager believes the mental challenge is greater than the physical
- He believes that players should be respected and listened to when they return
- Allardyce believes that those who are reluctant to restart will not perform and receive criticism
Premier League stars fearing a return to action due to health concerns should be heard, former English manager Sam Allardyce emphasizes.
He believes that the challenge that clubs face, not only to get their teams to the required fitness level, but also to overcome mental barriers, is huge.
“Getting football back up and running is the biggest challenge the Premier League has ever faced,” he wrote in the Times.
Sam Allardyce thinks that Premier League stars who are reluctant to return should be listened to
“Making the players fit within four weeks could be the least of their concerns. I think the biggest challenge for the players will be the mental side.
“I would reassure them that there would be no repercussions if they decided they found it too difficult to play. I would really hate it if someone was ridiculed for saying, “I just can’t.” No one should be pressured unnecessarily to play.
“If they are too scared of those circumstances, they cannot perform optimally and they will be criticized.”
Danny Rose is one of the players who is really concerned about the consequences of returning
Danny Rose, Sergio Aguero and Manuel Lanzini are among a number of players who are deeply concerned about security and fear of passing Covid-19 to vulnerable lovers.
Many players attend or visit high-risk relatives or friends and feel that the resumption of football and full training will increase the dangers.
On Monday, teams are expected to give the green light to start training again in small groups, as Premier League parties are trying to get back in top shape in time for the planned restart behind closed doors in June.
Premier League players like Conor Coady will be training again in small groups soon
Allardyce thinks it will be a tricky balance to hit, pushing players hard but without risking injury.
He added, “You can’t play five-on-five games and then enter the season. It’s impossible. I would like my teams to have played at least five or six friendly matches before the start of the season.
“Serious decisions have to be made. If they pack the fixtures and play three times a week, that leads to more injuries. ‘