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Part of the Premier League Restart Project, permitted clubs in the league to make up to five substitutions in a match, following the lockdown period where the players weren’t exposed to much physical activities.
The five substitutions at three intervals worked well during the last part of the season, and the Premier League is planning to continue the system.
All 20 of the Premier League clubs are meeting on Thursday to vote on the rule, and a supermajority of 14 teams is needed for the rule to be applicable next season.
UEFA has opted to return to three substitutes for next season’s Champions League and Europa League and the EFL might follow suit. However, Premier League clubs will hold an official meeting to decide the fate of this rule on Thursday.
According to The Times, Chelsea are among the clubs pushing for the Premier League to keep the 5 substitutes rule, whereas sides such as Aston Villa and Burnley are against the idea.
With Chelsea having signed some new attacking threats in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, and the club keen to give more playing time to the academy products, this rule will be beneficial.
However, the bottom-placed clubs are worried that their teams’ lack of depth would make this rule a negative for them.