Roy Hodgson ready to back Lampard to change difficult Premier League rule

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Having used five substitutes during the restart last season, the bulk of Premier League clubs kicked against its use this season, insisting that it will favour the big clubs more.

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have been very vocal about the rule change and have since called for the five subs rule to be brought back.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is also in support of five subs, and stated it categorically ahead of facing Newcastle.

Lampard said: “I think it’s something we have to address again with all clubs. I know we had a vote earlier in the season but nothing has changed in terms of our professional environment since we had five subs after the restart.

“In fact, some things have tightened up and the schedule has become even more hectic but we’ve gone back to three subs.

“The reason maybe managers are not making those three subs so much in games, if people want to argue that, is because if you have 10 players who you’re fearful of tiredness in the latter stages of games, to make that third sub in the 70th minute is a danger zone that you might have an injury after that.

“My main concern is player welfare, particularly for those playing in Europe. It’s every three or four days week after week after week.”

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that he’d urge his club to vote for five subs next time around, having seen the demands of the season.

He told the Daily Star: “They [the top clubs] need another few votes. Like myself, one or two of the other people were swayed by the impassioned arguments from the top clubs.

“There’s no doubt it helps bigger teams. But they are adamant that this will help reduce the risk of injury and will even positively affect the mental wellbeing of players.

“Once you bring player welfare into it, it’s very hard to argue against it. Though I must say I’m not convinced it’s more subs and not less games that’s going to make the difference. If it goes to another vote and the chairman asks me, I’d be happy enough to say that if it’s what everybody wants then go along with it.”

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