Fantasy Premier League: 5 players who could play more following the increased substitutes rule

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Fantasy Premier League: 5 players who could play more following the increased substitutes rule

With football returning and FPL players turning their heads back onto form guides and statistics, it’s time to look at five players who could benefit in-game time from the new substitutes rule.  This should, in theory, mean an increase in in-game time for some players who haven’t been first-team regulars.  This could give a number of cheaper FPL players the chance to impress and then establish a regular place at the expense of supposed current regulars who cost more.  That cost saving would greatly benefit our FPL teams.

The Premier League kicked off on the 17th of June and teams will be able to use up to five substitutes, with nine players on the bench rather than seven, to cope with the busy schedule.

Matty Longstaff

Prior to the Restart, Matty Longstaff has played over 750 minutes less than his brother Sean this season, but the younger Longstaff’s goal against Manchester United in game week 8 lives long in the memory. Longstaff is currently in a  contract dispute with the club, but without a plethora of high-quality options off the bench at manager Steve Bruce’s disposal, he could still be turned to as a bench option and then become a starter once free of injury.  He’s one of those players who has a goal in him but will be fairly long odds on the Unibet sportsbook.

Joao Cancelo

When Joao Cancelo was brought to the Etihad Stadium last summer, the £60m spend was expected to bring a versatile, high-quality defender into the league. Questions have been asked about the Portuguese player’s future, and with only 11 Premier League appearances this season he is far from the first choice.

However, his ability to play in several positions should appeal to manager Pep Guardiola in the coming weeks. He scored nine and six points respectively in-game weeks nine and ten.

Jack Robinson

The former England Under 21 International arrived from Nottingham Forest in January and was given the nod to deputise for the injured Jack O’Connell at Centre Back in the opening game of the restart. The veteran centre back Jagielka remained an unused substitute on the bench and it seems Robinson will be the number 1 cover for the 3 regular centre backs.  The Blades  once resolute defence has struggled since the Restart and manager Chris Wilder could also look to use Robinson from the bench or as a starter more often if he feels his defenders need some respite.  Substitutions would allow early bagging of clean sheets for others.

Jesse Lingard

The England midfielder hasn’t set the FPL on fire this season, scoring only four goals. With only two appearances from the bench in the previous eight Premier League games, though, he will surely be hoping for more of an impact in the season’s climax. The Red Devils seemingly have a disproportionately high number of games against teams in the bottom half to finish the campaign, and fresh legs from the substitutes bench could be essential to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finishing strongly.  So far we have yet to see this though and he didn’t even make the bench vs Sheffield United.

Matej Vydra

Matej Vydra has had to wait his chance at Burnley. Boss Sean Dyche isn’t one for using substitutions particularly frequently or particularly early in games, but his hand could be forced by the upcoming schedule. The Clarets use a small core group of players with little rotation and sticking by this method could prove costly. If Dyche does turn to his bench, Vydra should be high in his estimations following back to back goals against Southampton and Bournemouth in game weeks 26 and 27.  Injuries to Wood and Barnes have already seen him start in GW30+