Premier League Clubs Vote Against Five Sub Rule

Michael Bisset

Premier League clubs have decided to reinstate the three substitutes rule for the 2020/21 season. Clubs were able to use five substitutes during the Premier League’s restart. The idea behind it was to reduce the risk of injuries following the coronavirus outbreak. In today’s piece, LFC Transfer Room writer Michael Bisset offers his take on the decision.

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by Michael Bisset (@MJBisset_96)

How has the decision influenced the league?

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Firstly, from a Liverpool perspective, the decision is slightly disappointing. I agree that the opportunity to make five changes is a massive advantage to clubs with bottomless pockets (namely City). But Klopp – I am sure – will be disappointed with the ruling. Here’s why…

We play an intense style of football. Greater squad rotation reduces the risk of a costly injury and gives the German the freedom to make a potentially game-changing tactical switch. I would love to see the club push for an FA Cup triumph, for example. Having the opportunity to rotate five times in a game affords Klopp the chance to think ahead, and rest players in accordance with the in-game scenario.

And yes I get it, clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea – quite paradoxically – would benefit the most. In a world where money is no object and Financial Fairplay is nothing more than a slap on the wrist, the five sub-rule would only have acted as another excuse for greater squad depth.

Newly promoted Leeds, Fulham and West Brom would patently struggle. Joining the Premier League is no easy feat, but the prospect of having a side swap half of their outfield line-up is frightening.

More First Team action for emerging talent?

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There emerged a plethora of homegrown talent in the 2019/20 campaign, especially at Chelsea (who were forced to promote from within given their transfer ban). The five-sub rule would have, no doubt, opened the door for young talent.

We have a number of promising youngsters in and around the first team. Famous words by the gaffer, ‘If you are good enough, you are old enough.’ Chucking them on for 10 to 15 minutes towards the end of a match offers vital experience. If the ruling remained in place, the club may have considered keeping the emerging stars at the club this season as opposed to sending them out on loan.

Improving domestic cups?

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Premier League clubs are renowned for resting players in domestic cup competitions. So, many supporters have called for the cancellation of the Carabao Cup to ease fixture congestion – which, who knows, could become a thing in the immediate years to come. League cup games, certainly in the earlier rounds, are encounters between reserve players.

The five-sub rule would have eased fringe players into higher quality matches whilst resting star names.

Final Verdict

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In conclusion, clubs have voted against the five substitute rule for next season, so this was merely a comment.

Five-subs would have probably accentuated the gap between the so-called big 6 and the rest, detrimentally affecting the overall spectacle of the league.

We do not want to see a scenario similar to Europe’s other top leagues where smaller sides have absolutely no chance of a result against favoured opposition.

So is the decision is vindicated. What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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