Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa will be able to make five substitutes in each of the club’s remaining nine fixtures but some fans have concerns about the new rule.
As reported by Sky Sports earlier this month, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) has introduced a temporary rule that says teams can make five changes in a match in order to reduce fatigue in what is going to be a mad few weeks of trying to finish incomplete seasons.
Teams have been able to name eight substitutes but make just three in-game changes for quite some time now but these measures will only be in place in seasons that have been suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Leeds were on a five-match winning streak that put them top of the Championship table and seven points clear of third before the campaign was halted and one of the main tactics that Bielsa employs in his team is to try and tire out opposition players.
But if the opposition can make two extra substitutes and bring on four more fresh legs in each game, that is something that could hurt Leeds’ style of play, according to some supporters on social media.
Here is a selection of their tweets:
Ita very bad news!! We tire the opposition out! This lets them restock!
— Billy Billy Billy (@TheFootyExp3rt) May 31, 2020
I think this disadvantage Leeds, as its towards the end of games Leeds are fitter and stretch teams more. More fresh legs might be a leveller
— ☠☠Paul Leggott☠☠ (@PaulLeggott) May 31, 2020
Aren't they allowing five substitutes though? Our fitness advantage won't count for much in that case
— Cellino's Ferrari (@ledokwareng) May 31, 2020
However, some Leeds fans have pointed out that this is not a rule that Bielsa will take advantage of himself as he is not someone who relies on his own subs that often.
Bielsa barely makes 3 subs a game. Don’t reckon he will change his philosophy just because he can.
— ABC THE DRUMMER 💙💛 (@ABCaudioworks) May 31, 2020
Mate Bielsa barely uses 3
— Jonathon Sloan (@JSloan1995) May 31, 2020
But then there are others who see this as a chance for Leeds to blood more of their fringe players and youngsters.
And Jordan Stevens
— GloucesterWhites ⚪️💙💛 (@shaunmeakin10) May 31, 2020
Let's not forget Gotts, Mcalmot, Augustin, Steven's, us more, our youth is pretty good now
— jacques rolland (@JacqRolland) May 31, 2020
Tyler Roberts has the ability to start , if he gets injury free gets consistency
— leeds are going up (@JLeeds5) May 31, 2020
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