There were major meetings between West Brom and other clubs on Thursday to determine which rules will be implemented in the Premier League next season.
With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting how football was played, a number of rules were changed to benefit the players returning to action.
Clubs were allowed to name nine substitutions in games, and bring on up to five of those. On top of that, there were the frustrating water-breaks added in the middle of each halve.
Premier League sides voted against keeping those rules for next season, meaning that the top-flight will revert to their old rulings.
Clubs will now only be allowed to name seven substitutions, and bring on three of those with football somewhat returning to normal – all be it with no fans once again at first.
It can be shared that West Brom, along with Leeds and Fulham declined proposals to keep the five-substitute rule on their return to the Premier League [The Mirror].
According to the report, the so-called ‘lower-clubs’ went against it as it could benefit the top-six clubs who have greater strength in depth.
Just how often did Bilic use more than three substitutes after the lockdown? The Baggies used all five substitutes in six of their final nine games in the Championship.
In the three games, they didn’t use all five, they used four. It would be hard to even say that it benefitted the Albion in those games, as they only won three of those fixtures.
With that being taken into effect, it is no surprise that they voted against the rule being brought in full-time.
It does prove that Bilic will need his squad strengthening though, so he can be confident that each of his seven substitutes are Premier League quality if they are needed next season.
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