PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has revealed another radical proposal could see Premier League matches lasting less than 90 minutes.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, football is looking at ways it can return in a safe environment to ensure the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign.
The Premier League are pushing ahead with plans for ‘Project Restart’ with the aim for the top flight to resume on June 12 behind closed doors at neutral venues and with a long list of health and safety measures put in place to safeguard player welfare.
However, Taylor’s proposal has been met with much cynicism after he suggested games could be shortened.
Asked about scrapping the current season on BBC Radio 4, Taylor said: “We’ll have to wait and see. I’m talking about protocol that’s coming out, I’m talking about the future.
“We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put forward and ideas. More subs, games possibly not being full 45 minutes each way, neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things put forward.
“We’re trying to wait to see what the proposals are and have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players assimilate all those and come to a considered view.”
With that in mind, here’s a look at how the Premier League table would look if games finished after an hour.
The title race
Liverpool would remain runaway Premier League leaders but their gap at the top of the table would be slashed to 15 points.
The Reds would lose a colossal 15 points if matches were cut off after the hour-mark, a total only Wolves can better.
Manchester City would lose five points themselves but remain in second place.
The top four
Chelsea would be beneficiaries of this change, moving up to third place and gaining an extra two points.
Manchester United would leapfrog Leicester City into the final Champions League place, by gaining one point, whilst the Foxes would lose nine.
Sheffield United would be in sixth, level on points with Leicester, with both clubs two points behind Manchester United.
The relegation zone
Only four points separate 19th and 15th in the current standings and that picture wouldn’t be any less tight, with six points between 20th and 15th.
Norwich City would remain rock bottom, but only four points adrift of safety, whilst Wolves and Newcastle United would join them in the bottom three.
Wolves would lose a league-high 17 points if games were cut off after 60 minutes, plunging them into relegation trouble, whilst Newcastle would lose eight points, similarly.
West Ham United, Watford and Aston Villa would be the major benefactors, with the former moving up to 11th place by gaining 12 points.
The Hornets would be one point and place behind West Ham, gaining 11 points, whilst Aston Villa would add five to their tally, lifting them to 17th.
Here’s how the full Premier League table would look after an hour:
1: Liverpool, 67 points, – 15
2: Manchester City, 52 points, -5
3: Chelsea, 50 points, +2
4: Manchester United, 46 points, +1
5:Leicester City, 44 points, -9
6: Sheffield United, 44 points, +1
7: Tottenham Hotspur, 40 points, -1
8: Everton, 40 points, +3
9: Southampton, 40 points, +6
10: Arsenal, 39 points, -1
11: West Ham, 39 points, +12
12: Watford, 38 points, +11
13: Burnley, 34 points, -5
14: Bournemouth, 32 points, +5
15: Crystal Palace, 32 points, -7
16: Brighton & Hove Albion, 30 points, -1
17: Aston Villa, 30 points, +5
18: Newcastle United, 27 points, -8
19: Wolves, 26 points, -17
20: Norwich City, 26 points, +5