By Mark Smith

7th Jan, 2022 | 8:45pm

Mike McGrath: Leeds to be affected by new signing complaints v Aston Villa with Phillipe Coutinho

Leeds United are set to be one of the clubs affected as Premier League managers called for a major rule change.

Southampton boss Ralph Hassenhuttl has called for players signed after postponed games to be made unavailable for the rearranged fixtures after COVID run ragged.

Mike McGrath has shared that Aston Villa could benefit from that after signing Phillipe Coutinho, with the Elland Road meeting set to be rearranged.

Writing for The Telegraph on Friday evening, McGrath shared the latest as managers appealed for a rule change.

“Aston Villa also stand to benefit from the arrival of Coutinho, who could play in fixtures against Burnley and Leeds United, which were called off as the Omicron variant of coronavirus was depleting Premier League squads,” he wrote.


We know one man who won’t be bothered about this, and that is Marcelo Bielsa.

Coutinho may be a big name player and commands huge money, but does that guarantee that he will instantly make Aston Villa world beaters?

They have struggled to plug the gap left by Jack Grealish in the summer, and the Brazilian isn’t exactly on that level given he has hardly played in years.

If there is one team he won’t want to face, it is the Whites, who will constantly push him and make him rush every decision after lack of consistent minutes.

Leeds don’t care about who is in front of them in the Premier League, so Hassenhuttl can complain all he likes, we will just be getting on with it.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has shared if the Whites are close to early signings in the January window