Phil Hay has revealed that Leeds United could well see an increase in numbers to their matchday squad, with the standard 18 increased to 20 and the option there to make up to five substitutes per game.
Leeds were boosted by the EFL’s plans for the Championship’s resume later this month, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side set to be offered the chance to conclude the season the proper way and convert a table-topping position into promotion.
Amongst the proposed changes, according to Hay, will be an increase in numbers to the matchday squad. That will rise from 18 to 20 and managers will be offered the chance to make five substitutions per game.
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For many Leeds fans, though, this rule change will hinder them more than help them.
They note how their increased fitness levels will mean much less given sides can turn to fresh legs from their bench, whilst others aren’t convinced Bielsa will cash in on these positively, given his reluctance to make changes when he has three available to him.
The EFL is likely to change its rules for the final nine games (plus play-offs) to increase the number of substitutions from three to five and the size of matchday squads from 18 to 20. Discussions ongoing.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 31, 2020
That’s just some of the reaction coming from the Leeds fans, which we breakdown below….
That helps every team we play
— Jacob Wadsworth (@JacobWadsworth6) May 31, 2020
Bielsa still to make only 1 per game
— Scott Kneeshaw (@ScottKneeshaw) May 31, 2020
You see, I have an issue with this. You surely have to use the same rules as the previous 37 games. There’s a very strong argument that having had an option of 2 extra subs or a bigger match day squad, that they could have influenced games and results?
Just don’t get it
— ⚽️ (@The_Ayling_Flop) June 1, 2020
Money on bielsa still not wanting to make subs
— Chris Millen (@chrismillen17) May 31, 2020
New sub rules should be great for Robbie Gotts 👍🏻@TheSquareBall
— Glos' White (@GlosWhite) May 31, 2020
Guaranteed Bielsa doesn't use them lol
— Michael 💙💛 (@Mickledonions) May 31, 2020
85th Minute, Bielsa makes his first substitution for Leeds
— Mark Oram (@Oramic) May 31, 2020
I don’t like the 5 subs from Leeeds perspective. May nullify our extra fitness with teams bringing on 5 subs
— Jeff Jarvis (@rocketdog67) May 31, 2020
Can you imagine the time wasting
— lufc_cob (@lufc_cob) May 31, 2020
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