Spurs boss Mourinho wouldn’t have minded 5 substitute rule staying for next season

They’ve decided the rule will be scrapped, but Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said he was open to the prospect of five substitutions being allowed next season.

Mourinho did not use his full allocation of changes in any of Spurs’ games following the resumption of the season, but can see its benefits, including the larger matchday squads.

He said: “I like the 20 players (in the squad). It doesn’t make any sense to travel with 20 players and then you arrive in the stadium and have to send two guys to the stands when the clubs pay every player and invest in every player.

“And it’s much better for a manager to have on the bench a right-back, a left-back, a centre-back, a winger, a midfielder, a striker.

“It’s much better to have everything there because it’s the ammunition you need. For all tactical reasons, beauty of the game, competitive of the game, it’s a fair way to treat players because they want to feel they’re in the game, and they feel that on the bench.

“It’s different to staying at home. So the 20 players on the bench, I love it.

“It gives you more chance to bring young people (on) and gives a much better feeling to everybody. Twenty players on the bench, I think very, very good.

“The five subs, I don’t mind it. In the majority of matches, myself, I felt no need for that.

“But one thing is no need, another thing is no chance. So if you have the chance to do it, I don’t think it’s a problem.

“Because it can only be done in three periods, it doesn’t affect much more the real time of the game, coaches cannot stop the game five times as you know. I think it’s fine.

“I don’t see a problem at all with that.”

Brighton boss faces Matt Clarke conundrum

Clarke, who signed for Albion last summer from Portsmouth, spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Championship side Derby County.

The left footed centre back, who is cultured on the ball and dominant in the air, scooped Derby’s player of the season award over the weekend, making it his third such accolade on the spin after picking up the same trophy at Pompey in the previous two campaigns.

Clarke’s consistent form will leave Brighton gaffer Graham Potter needing to weigh up whether the 23-year-old has merited a place in his Premier League squad for next season, or whether he should spend another season on loan.

Undoubtedly, there will be plenty of interest in the defender’s services if a loan move is to be the way forward.

However, Clarke’s solid showing this season in an albeit lacklustre Derby side has arguably earned him the chance to prove himself in the top flight.