This has been the weirdest season in the Premier League’s 28-year history.
Of that, we can be sure. Weirder than the year that Leicester City inexplicably won the thing, or when West Ham United got 42 points and still went down.
Weirder than Norwich City climbing to third with a -4 goal difference and even weirder than the era that Newcastle United’s John Carver claimed he was the best coach in the league, before offering to fight his own fans.
Footballers performing in hollowed out shells of stadiums, as we all watch housebound, with recorded chants for company, has contextualised the word “weird”.
And in a year-long league campaign of ups, downs and dystopia, we’ve all looked to routine for reassurance.
Some players in the Premier League, you can set your watch by – it’s good to know that some things will survive what seems like the end of the world. (Nation)