Although the last day of the men’s English football season ended on August 1, the hangover from the strange campaign, caused by the interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic, still remains. Just two days before the start of the new season and 10 days after the traditional curtain-raiser, the Community Shield, for the 2020-21 season, the PFA awards were announced for the best performers from the 2019-20 season.

It’s not been a regular pre-season build-up for teams with the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea and Arsenal all having cup commitments both domestically and in Europe at the end of the last Premier League campaign. United and City’s scheduled start has been postponed by a week as the competition commences behind closed doors.

Among the biggest talking points ahead of the new season is the Premier League teams opting to revert to…

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