Elite clubs lose out on keep­ing five subs rule

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Sam Wal­lace

The Premier League’s elite sides were de­feated in their at­tempt to im­ple­ment the use of five sub­sti­tutes per game for the 2020-21 sea­son at a share­hold­ing meet­ing yes­ter­day, with 11 of the 20 clubs vot­ing against the pro­posal.

The vote em­phat­i­cally failed to reach the thresh­old of 14 needed to make the law change – with op­po­si­tion from clubs out­side the elite who felt it would hand an un­fair ad­van­tage to the wealth­ier clubs with big­ger squads. Hav­ing re­luc­tantly agreed to the mea­sure for the pur­pose of player wel­fare dur­ing Project Restart, the ma­jor­ity wanted to go back to three sub­sti­tutes – chiefly in or­der to re­tain com­pet­i­tive bal­ance.

There was a 10-10 tie in the vote to in­crease match-day squads to 20 – nine sub­sti­tutes – and there­fore squads will stay at 18, as they were be­fore Project Restart.

Among the 20 clubs in the meet­ing were the pro­moted teams: Leeds United, West Bromwich Al­bion and Ful­ham. All are un­der­stood to have voted to re­turn to three sub­sti­tutes and a bench of seven play­ers rather than the nine im­ple­mented for the end of the last sea­son. It was a blow for clubs such as Manch­ester City, Liver­pool and Chelsea, who have been keen to keep five sub­sti­tutes and make greater use of the play­ing re­sources at their dis­posal.

The mea­sure was al­ways re­garded with sus­pi­cion by oth­ers and ear­lier in the year even faced four votes against it when it was im­ple­mented for the fi­nal games of this sea­son – from As­ton Villa, Bournemout­h, Sh­effield United and West Ham. Since then man­agers have voiced their objections to the law change.

Lewis bid snubbed

Liver­pool have had a £10 mil­lion bid for left-back Ja­mal Lewis re­jected by Nor­wich City, who value him at twice that amount. Talks over the North­ern Ire­land In­ter­na­tional will con­tinue, but it is in­creas­ingly likely the 22-year-old will be­come An­field’s first sum­mer re­cruit.

Spurs close on deals

Tot­ten­ham have agreed fees with

Southamp­ton to sign Pierre-Emile Ho­jb­jerg and for Kyle Walk­er­Peters to move in the other di­rec­tion. Ho­jb­jerg, 24, will be Spurs’ first sign­ing of the sum­mer in a deal start­ing at £15 mil­lion with add-ons, while the loan deal for 23-year-old Walk­er­Peters at St Mary’s will be made per­ma­nent for £12 mil­lion be­fore per­for­mance clauses.

Leeds eye Ben­rahma

Leeds United are pre­pared to make an of­fer for 24-year-old Brent­ford for­ward Said Ben­rahma, who is val­ued at £25 mil­lion. West Ham, As­ton Villa, Crys­tal Palace and Le­ices­ter are also in­ter­ested.

Droyls­den blow

Non-league club Droyls­den, formed in 1892, have re­signed from the North­ern Premier League due to the fi­nan­cial im­pact of coro­n­avirus.

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