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It’s that time of year again…Overtime columnists are here to put right the biggest injustices from 2022

By Ailani Verrall

The omission of Tottenham Hotspur player Heung-Min Son from the Professional Football Association’s (PFA) team of the season was the biggest disappointment in the year’s selection.

As joint Premier League goalscorer, with Mohammad Salah, Son was overlooked in favour of Sadio Mane who was incomparable with seven less goals and five less assists than the Spurs winger.

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Arguably, Son is one of the best forwards in the world, but I believe that he doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves. If the South Korean played for Liverpool, I think he would have made this team.

His 23 goals and seven assists helped Spurs return to the Champions League, but the voting occurred too early.

The votes closed with three games remaining when Son was two goals behind in the race for the Golden Boot. In my opinion, the voting should only take place at the end of the season when a player’s total accomplishments and contributions can be considered.

By Max Frankel-Pollen

The ridiculous new rule allowing five substitutes for the Premier League 22/23 season, despite the backing from the majority of teams, will only favour the elite and cause a greater disparity between top and bottom.

Manchester City will benefit from being able to introduce the likes of Sterling, Grealish, Jesus, Laporte and Gundogan. At the other end of the spectrum, Bournemouth and other clubs with ambitions of survival may well have to rely on a mixture of seasoned professionals and youth players.

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The rule was introduced for matches played behind closed doors during the 20/21 season with no competitive football played in three months due to Covid and resulting absences. The rule made sense at this time but no longer feels relevant.

20/21 net transfer spending clearly shows that clubs without the funds to improve their overall squad suffered the most by way of final league position

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June 2022