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:

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.

But then there are others who see this as a chance for Leeds to blood more of their fringe players and youngsters.

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