Stan Collymore has hit out on Twitter at the claims that there is a ‘heavy burden’ on Bukayo Saka’s shoulders because the Arsenal man is playing too many games.
Saka started for England during their 4-0 win against Iceland in the UEFA Nations League on Wednesday night and Collymore made it clear that the Arsenal youngster is ‘fit’ and ‘young’ and someone who will have ‘boundless energy’ regardless of burnout worries.
The 19-year-old has arguably been Arsenal’s best player this season and it has earned him several call ups for his country, which has only increased his workload.
And for some, that’s a problem on such young shoulders.
But not for former Premier League striker Collymore, who made it clear that this isn’t the ‘WWI trenches’ but ‘pro football’, as he wrote the following on Twitter:
“Heavy Burden?” Collymore questioned. “He’s a rookie, who’s fit, young, will have boundless energy and enthusiasm for the game, is monitored by world-class medical and physios, and has played a grand total of 40 games.
“This is pro football, not WW1 trenches. ‘Heavy burden’ my a**e.”
There is a sense of worry that is creeping through the Premier League that players are being overworked given how the previous campaign ended and the quick turnaround to the new season.
The likes of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have called for the five substitution rule to be brought back in order to ease that burden because of the number of muscle injuries players are suffering.
And for someone like Arsenal, who play Europa League football on a Thursday night, they are one of those teams who are in danger of seeing their treatment room stack up as the season progresses.