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DAMIEN BACKS MORE SUBS CALLS

Damien Comolli has added his voice to the calls for seven substitutes to feature on the bench in Premier League fixtures, as opposed to the present limit of five.

Damien Comolli has added his voice to the calls for seven substitutes to feature on the bench in Premier League fixtures, as opposed to the present limit of five.The Sporting Director is fully behind the idea of expanding substitute benches for domestic top-flight league games and argues that it would allow for greater variety of options, as well as giving younger players more opportunity to pick up valuable first-team experience.

"It is something that we as a club totally agree with and Juande Ramos raised it in his first week in charge when he named his squads for the first two games against Blackpool and Middlesbrough," reported Damien.

"We think it is the right thing to do in the Premier League as all the big leagues in Europe are doing it now. It is the same in European competition as well, we can have 18 players involved when we go to Israel this week, but only 16 when we play Wigan on Sunday.

"It would also offer opportunities to some of the younger players to step into the First Team group on a far more regular basis than they do now. This can only be a good thing."