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New Premier League rule will put added pressure on Everton’s transfer strategy

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All eyes are turning to the summer now for Everton as they look to get back on track after a dismal season.

Frank Lampard managed to inspire hope at the back end of the 2021/22 campaign, and it proved crucial as the Blues secured a dramatic escape in the penultimate match. After the stress of that, however, the job is really only just beginning for the new regime at Goodison Park.

Kevin Thelwell has been appointed as director of football to work closely with the manager in bringing new talent to the club, and shipping out some of the players that are currently here. Essentially, a rebuild should be started in the coming weeks and months – it might take time to come to fruition, but Everton find themselves in a position where they need to show some level of patience.

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Already there’s a certain amount of pressure on the recruitment strategy lying ahead for the Blues. After so many high-profile and often big-money mistakes in the past, fans are desperate to see some level of change – and a real strategy being put in place for the long-term future.

However, in the short term, there’s something else that needs to be considered. From the beginning of the 2022/23 season, Premier League sides will be allowed to use five substitutes in matches rather than three.

The debate has already been raging for a long time about this rule. While there are some coming down on the side of prioritising player welfare, others believe that this change will only further benefit the sides towards the top of the league with their huge squads full of the most talented players.

Lampard himself is in favour of the move, saying in April : “I agree with the change. Whether there’s a slight disproportionate advantage at the top end of the table because of the strength of squads, possibly. But in the bigger picture of player welfare and the level of the Premier League and the level of entertainment and the amount of people that watch it round the world.

“And you can manage the physical load of the players as well. I think it works on many more levels than it doesn’t and I think it is the right decision.”

Because of that you’d expect that he is already starting to plan well for the future but for Everton, you can’t help but think it serves as something of an eye-opener. With the current system their squad has looked thin in multiple areas, never mind with extra substitutes added in.

Some youngsters may be able to take advantage of the new rule from next season and see increased chances of picking up playing time next year. Especiall…

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