With the World Cup just around the corner, football fans would often rejoice as summer, which often leaves them without the sport they love, is instead inundated with it.
However, with the inaugural and arguably unnatural nature of this year’s competition, it will instead disrupt the Premier League season.
For teams struggling either with injuries or for form, this will be a welcome break. For teams like Aston Villa, it could not have come at a worse time.
Having sacked Steven Gerrard, they welcomed Unai Emery in as his successor, with the Spaniard boasting a history of success when overseeing the upheaval of mid-table sides.
With two wins from his first two Premier League games, it was nearly the perfect start for the Spaniard.
But with their next game not until Boxing Day, it leaves him with two things to do during this six-week absence: further instil his philosophies into his new squad, and begin planning his moves for the January window.
One such rumour that suggests he has already begun with the latter comes from Belgian publication Voetbal Belgie, who namedrops the Midlands outfit in their roundup of interested parties for Noa Lang.
The tricky wide man has excelled of late in Belgium, and despite having started this campaign somewhat poorly is still riding high off the success of his nine-goal and 15-assist season last term.
He has been so impressive that it earned him a spot with the Netherlands squad for the forthcoming World Cup, which might increase Emery’s interest in the tournament.
His exploits led Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig to label the Dutchman “unstoppable”, and should he carry this form to Qatar, he could well be the surprise package to set the tournament alight.
Boasting speed, creativity and an eye for goal, Villa would be gaining the whole package in a swoop for Lang.
His participation throughout this break should also give Emery and his team something to keep an eye out for as he looks to further improve his squad. Indeed, the acquisition of the tricky livewire could just be game-changing as they look to add further goals and creativity to the side.