Burnley boss Sean Dyche on the Premier League switch to five substitutes for the restart

Sean Dyche has earned a reputation of not always making full use of his substitutes' bench.
Sam Vokes celebrates a late equaliser against Blackburn in December 2012Sam Vokes celebrates a late equaliser against Blackburn in December 2012
Sam Vokes celebrates a late equaliser against Blackburn in December 2012

So you might not be surprised to hear he isn't in favour of the new Premier League ruling allowing five changes to be made from nine options, in three windows.

Dyche has often said: "Sometimes the hardest thing to do is change nothing."

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But when he does make substitutions, they often prove effective.

In 2018, using StrataBet data, BetStars ranked Dyche as the most attack-minded, as they looked at each manager in the Premier League based on the percentage of substitutions made during games which were considered attacking, based on the position and attacking contribution of the two players involved, plus the scoreline and timing.

And Adrian Clarke, on www.premierleague.com found Dyche to be the third-most effective boss in the top flight this season, as regards the influence of his changes.

Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers was out in front, using 78 substitutes, with seven assists and five goals, while the Foxes have also won three and drawn three of the 11 matches where they have been behind 1-0 - including one against Burnley at the King Power Stadium earlier this season.

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was second, with six goals and three assists coming from 79 changes, ahead of their return to action on Wednesday night.

And next up is Dyche, who, despite making only 58 changes, has five goals and three assists.

Jeff Hendrick came on to equalise at Brighton, with an assist from Matej Vydra, before Jay Rodriguez came off the bench at Aston Villa to score in a 2-2 draw.

Robbie Brady then netted a consolation against Manchester City at Turf Moor.

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Rodriguez came on to score the winner at Bournemouth, with Vydra's introduction at Southampton leading to him sealing the points.

Dyche's options may well be limited, given injuries and contract issues, in any case, but he spoke about the new rules: "I think a lot of it for a lot of teams will be the state of the game - if you're Man City and you're 2-0 up against 10 men, you might make five subs to rest legs, because you know true fitness is not quite there yet.

"You might make a tactical five to hold a game or win a game, I think there's loads of different ways of looking at it.

"It wasn't for me, I don't think we should be changing the rules of the game.

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"Teams play cup games, league games, Champions League, so we should all take that challenge on.

"I think we should have stuck with the same rules, and get on with it, plus we won't be able to fulfil the task of having that many subs at the minute!

"We'll just put out what we can.

"It quite obviously favours the big squads, and we haven't got a big squad, so I don't think we needed to change the rules.

"But equally, we'll roll with it and get on with it."

Dyche has often used his subs sparingly, but he accepts managers can't get it right all the time, even when they are doing things by the textbook: "I've historically been questioned many times about not making subs and not making them earlier, that's why you have to believe in what you do, and I do.

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"I think I can make a decision with my staff that we think is going to have an affect.

"I've said for many years, going back to the famous (Sam Vokes) Vokesy one against Blackburn, 'what's he going to do in five minutes?'

"'Score the equaliser!'

"I think you're always going to have debate on it, and it's not a dead-on science, you can have a spell of making really effective substitutions, and a spell when they're not.

"But when we are on the sidelines, debating as a staff, I think we've often come up with a decision that has been effective.

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"You've got to have an inner knowledge of your players, some are reallly effective just by the nature of how they come onto the pitch, some aren't, some need longer to get into the game, there's a lot of other things in play."