From this weekend onwards, Championship teams will be able to make five substitutes from a nine-man bench – thanks to the EFL’s amendment to their rulings which was announced on Wednesday.
It has been a gruelling start to the season for every club across the country, owing to a shorter season and consequentially more games in less time.
Reading manager Veljko Paunović has welcomed the decision and believes everyone will benefit from it.
“It’s important,” he said. “We all know that we’re living in a different world since last March, and that has needed some adaptation and changes.
“I think this is going to help the players to recover. We always heard from the big coaches around the world talking about important it is to take care of our players, to save our players.
“They are our assets, our most important people. We need to take care of them. We appreciate the authorities for allowing these changes to be done.
“In the long term, this is going to help. Now we have to go back to a mentality where we have different resources, and we have to know how to use them. You don’t necessarily have to use them if you don’t need to, but if they are there, you need to know how and when.
“So this is helpful. I think it will help performances on the field, results, the spectacle and the overall level of the league and the game on the field.”