If fans of the English Premier League (and certainly too those in EPL power) had assumed the time ripe to finally breathe a sigh of relief over players being permitted to return to training, they’ve sadly got an entirely different (read: disappointing) thing coming. If the name ‘Troy Deeney’ is populating in any feed right now, then it’s for the player’s firm rejection of returning to business-as-usual amid an ongoing global health crisis. And worst of all is, Deeney’s is no voice in the wilderness.
Premier League clubs voted on the possibility of resuming training in the form of number-limited small training sessions involving no more than 5 persons at any given time, and on condition of no contact taking place. The aim, it was said ahead of the votes being cast, was to work towards preparing for a return to football fixtures in June.
Training, it was said, would be subject to a slew of conditions and firm stipulations, including sessions not being permitted to last any longer than 75 minutes per player. Generally reasonable stuff.
Troy Deeney Sets The Standard
Unless your name happens to be Watford captain Troy Deeney, in which case reasonable is the last word that comes to mind. Deeney responded to the call to a staggered return to training by the league by saying that he would have absolutely no part in the return to training at this stage of the proceedings. Deeney said that he feared for the life of his five-month-old baby as the child has been waging an ongoing battle against breathing difficulties since birth. This, said Deeney, is now his primary and number 1 concern and priority.
And the fact that Deeney’s opinion was offered with the full support of Watford’s hierarchy, combined with a perfectly understandable expectation that more players may well feel the same about a some-would-say premature return to training, spells only more “trouble” for the league.
Players Are Human Too
That players would want to protect those near and dear to them is from a “humanity” point of view, to be expected. In fact, national fear keeping folks from returning to everyday working life, as highlighted by the UK’s Office for National Statistics, dictates that the general point of view should not be any different at all when raised by professional players of sport.
And it’s a truth recently voiced in as many words by former Premier League player Jason McAteer, who many will recognise as having played in excess of 100 games for Liverpool and moreover, was capped a total of 52 times by the Republic of Ireland.
Basic Human Understanding
Saying that he is well and truly able to sympathise with the concerns expressed by Deeney, McAteer spoke elaborately on the topic of national fear caused by an unseen enemy. Now that the entire country is well and truly “into it”, said McAteer during a recent interview with a prominent online gambling news publication, people are significantly more aware of the dangers involved with returning to “normal” everyday life. Now that the situation is “real”, continued the former star, folks have officially reached the point of having realised how important human life truly is.
McAfee told of how the situation is a personal dilemma to him and to his family, what with his mother being 74 years of age and petrified resulting from a lack of real conversation caused by the only human interaction enjoyed being from a car window at least 14 foot away.
Catching “it” and passing it on to anybody in his environment, said McAfee, simply isn’t an option.