When speaking to reporters today, West Ham boss David Moyes suggested that he is now in favour of clubs being allowed to make five substitutions during Premier League games despite having asked the board to vote against it in September, as quoted by Football.London.
Premier League clubs voted against the use of five subs in August before the start of the 2020/21 campaign (BBC Sport).
West Ham were one of the clubs to vote for only three substitutes being allowed. It was thought that the five sub rule would give an unfair advantage to the bigger clubs with more strength in depth in their ranks.
With the schedule this year frenetic and unforgiving, however, players seem to be suffering injuries left right and centre.
And because of that, David Moyes has changed his opinion on the matter.
The Scot spoke to reporters today and admitted that he has changed his mind, having advised the West Ham board to vote against the five sub rule earlier in the year, as quoted by Football.London:
“I made the point on Saturday night to the press that I didn’t want five subs as I thought it suited the bigger clubs. They have better finances and bigger squads. They could cope with more expensive players on the bench. I recommended to our board that we would vote for three substitutes and I have to say my mind is changing because of player welfare. I was not expecting so many injuries. So many games in a small period of time has meant that the programme has been so congested.”
The Hammers would undoubtedly benefit from being able to make more than three changes.
The problem is that Moyes rarely uses all three of his allotted subs at the best of times!
Perhaps if our key players continue to suffer injuries, Moyes will be forced to act.
And the five sub rule would clearly help us out in that department.