West Brom avoided a major problem for the time being after the Football League decided not to change their fixtures.
That says the financial expert Doctor Dan Plumley, who speaks exclusively with Football insider on the potential of the pandemic to disrupt the EFL season.
Despite a number of confirmed Covid cases in their ranks, West Brom has so far avoided the cancellation of their championship games.
The recent soaring coronavirus numbers had sparked fears that the season could be interrupted or temporarily returned behind closed doors.
But the EFL confirmed yesterday (December 20th) that the festive game program will take place as planned.
The Baggies earned £ 18 million in matchday revenue in the last hit season of non-Covid, more than any other championship team.
Plumley insists that Albion will breathe a sigh of relief when they discover there is no immediate blueprint to change game day plans.
“It would harm the clubs in the Football League” said the Sheffield Hallam University expert Football insideris Adam Williams.
“West Brom got parachute payments so it’s not that bad for them. There they still get some money.
“But in this league, the transfer agreement offered is nowhere near the level of the Premier League.
“EFL teams are more dependent on match day income the further you are in the pyramid.
“In the short term, postponements would be fine because you expect the game to be played further down.
“Matchday income can still be realized because fans will be there. But when it comes to going behind closed doors, discounts become a problem. “
West Brom, who was relegated from the first division last season, is currently in fourth place in the championship table.
Valerien Ismael’s team will face Derby Count on December 27th, provided the Covid permutations allow.
In other news, Middlesbrough and Stoke are in the running to sign the West Brom-affiliated Premier League star.