Kevin Phillips has urged the Premier League to allow teams to use five on-field substitutes per match when the season resumes – an idea tailor-made for Tottenham.

The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested unprecedented times call for unprecedented decisions amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League has now been suspended for over a month and the UK appears increasingly likely to remain in lockdown for the remainder of April.

Football Insider understands the governing bodies are aiming to resume the season in the second or third week of June.

Phillips believes amending the rules to allow teams to use five of their allotted substitutes rather than three is necessary to protect the players for what promises to be a busy schedule.

“I think it is a sensible idea” he told Football Insider.

“We are living in incredible times so you have to make allowances and big decisions.

“Change it from three to five subs so you can change half of your team. For me, that is just common sense for the sake of four weeks. Do it.

“We hope a crisis like this will never happen again – it is a bizarre scenario. Anything we can do to help get the season finished and it that means five subs, so be it. I am certainly in favour of that.”  

Spurs expect Harry Kane, Moussa Sissoko, and Son Heung-min all to make returns during this period after long spells out with injury.

The new rule would allow Jose Mourinho to ease the players back to full fitness.

In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider “a lack of respect” has been shown by key figure at the club.