The vaccination status of players could determine whether clubs will actively consider them when drawing up their list of transfer targets.
Covid 19 and the new Omicron strain has once again hit the English game, leaving to a wave of cancellations, whilst other clubs have been forced to field weakened teams.
Health protocols have once again been tightened, with all players require d now to take a daily flow test and, twice a week, submit to a PCR test as well.
Now Aston Villa’s Steven Gerrard and Crystal Palace’s Patrick Vieira have both indicated that the vaccination status of potential players is likely to have a bearing on any recruitment plans that they have in January. The prospect of having any new signing potentially unavailable for a few weeks if they contract Covid would make them significantly less attractive as a transfer target.
And Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp is a passionate advocate of vaccinations, and insists that al his players are fully inoculated.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.