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EFL Cup: 274 changes across 19 ties - has the competition been 'devalued'?

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EFL Cup: 274 changes across 19 ties - has the competition been 'devalued'?

Post  Silvers on 2017-08-23, 11:14 am

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There were 274 changes made by teams across 19 matches in Tuesday's second round EFL Cup ties - a trend described as "devaluing" the competition.
Six teams changed their entire starting XI from their preceding league match, including Premier League side Brighton.
Crystal Palace and Brighton were among sides with grounds well below capacity.
"If the fans know their manager is not going to pick the strongest team then they don't want to turn up," said former Everton midfielder Leon Osman.
Osman attended Leicester's win at Sheffield United for Radio 5 live, where 11,280 fans turned up in a stadium that has a capacity of 32,702.
He added on BBC Radio 5 live: "Tonight's a top game against Premier League opposition but the supporters haven't come. Maybe the changes devalue the competition in that way."

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There has also been criticism that the third-round draw for the competition is being held in Beijing, China on Thursday - at 04:15 BST.
Previous draws for this season's competition have been beset by problems - including teams being drawn twice and confusion around home and away ties.
[th]Tuesday's EFL Cup games - changes in brackets[/th]
Grimsby (3) v Derby (10)Doncaster (5) v Hull (11)
Accrington (3) v West Brom (4)Fulham (11) v Bristol Rovers(3)
Aston Villa (11) v Wigan (11)Leeds (9) v Newport (3)
Birmingham (6) v Bournemouth (CoolMiddlesbrough (9) v Scunthorpe (2)
Bolton (7) v Sheff Wed (7)MK Dons (7) v Swansea (4)
Brighton (11) v Barnet (2)Norwich (6) v Charlton (9)
Cardiff (10) v Burton (7)QPR (10) v Brentford (5)
Carlisle (2) v Sunderland (10)Reading (9) v Millwall (10)
Crystal Palace (7) v Ipswich (11)Sheff Utd (Cool v Leicester (Cool
Watford (6) v Bristol City (9)

Osman praised manager Tony Pulis for only making four changes to his West Brom side, who have won both their games in the Premier League this season. The Baggies beat League Two team Accrington 3-1.
Premier League side Watford were the highest-profile casualties, losing 3-2 at Bristol City after making six changes to their starting side.
Aston Villa made 11 changes but beat an also entirely changed Wigan side 4-1, while Doncaster of League One beat a Hull side also completely changed from the weekend's line-up.
Osman said: "These cup competitions offer a great opportunity and it's good to see Tony Pulis taking it really seriously. Leicester made lots of changes but still put out a really strong outfit. The problem comes when you make changes and lose the game."
Baggies boss Pulis said: "We've taken the competition seriously. It gives us a chance to get to Wembley. I've been fortunate to take Stoke there and it would be lovely to do that with West Brom."
Having raised the risk of the competition feeling devalued, Osman conceded that it did allow players on the fringes of the first team to get some playing time.
"It's an obvious opportunity for managers to give their squad a game," he said. "These players are determined and desperate to show what they can do and possibly take it more seriously than those in the first team would do".
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Re: EFL Cup: 274 changes across 19 ties - has the competition been 'devalued'?

Post  Hieronymus on 2017-08-23, 11:42 am

Well what do they expect? Midweek ties in busy schedules, sky high player costs so need to protect expensive assets, and FA rules on limited first team squad sizes mean there is little slack for many clubs other than to play youngsters in these games. Cannot have it both ways Mad
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