Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse is set to be part of a meeting involving Premier League captains discussing their response to European Super League plans.
According to an exclusive report from the Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has taken a leading role in organising the meeting that will see all 20 Premier League clubs represented.
It is unknown exactly what will be discussed at the meeting but a plan of action from players and their teammates will surely be high on the agenda.
Ward-Prowse will be playing his role in the action that is to be taken and briefing his fellow Saints players. Players at Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal were all reportedly unhappy at not being told about Super League arrangements before an announcement was made on Sunday and it is up to Saints to fight for their fellow professionals.
Southampton have a role to play on Wednesday night
Saints face Spurs – one of the breakaway clubs – on Wednesday evening and can further make the point that this Super League is a universally unpopular move.
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Speaking to the media, players from Patrick Bamford from Leeds and James Milner from Liverpool spoke freely last night and shared views that they did not want the “top-six” to break away. Managers Jurgen Klopp and Marcelo Bielsa also said that they did not agree with something that went against the views of fans.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has already given his opinion on it all and described action from the “top-six” as “unacceptable”, and his players will now need to step up too. Hasenhuttl and whichever Saints players are interviewed in front of the cameras can further add to the fight tomorrow.
What is important though is to not allow the players, managers and staff at these clubs to be blamed for this situation too. This is all purely on the owners and board members who agreed to a rebel Super League model without, seemingly, preparing others working alongside them.
Football players and managers need to unite to act against the owners and not allow a non-competitive, unsporting system to be put together.