The big problem for most is, had he been sold to Wolves or Everton or some other less fashionable team he wouldn’t be picked. First criteria certainly seems to be who you play for way before how you’re currently playing.
But surely you set off at a time to suit. Be honest, apart from the ‘upheaval’ of having to get out of your pit a bit earlier, it really makes no difference. In fact, you’d probably gain some time by the early start.