Huddersfield in hot water over changes but what is a weakened team anyway? | Paul Wilson

David Wagner sent out a side with 10 changes at Birmingham and they duly lost to relegation-threatened rivals. But after earning a play-off place through clever rotation, have Huddersfield not earned the right to choose?

As soon as Huddersfield Town made 10 changes for their match at Birmingham City on Saturday it was clear there was going to be trouble. There is resting and there is rotation but 10 changes seems both unnecessary and provocative, and more or less bound to invite investigation.

Ten was the number of changes Mick McCarthy infamously made in 2009 when Wolves were faced with a tricky midweek match at Old Trafford before a winnable home game against Burnley. Despite his argument that his much-altered team still contained a number of internationals and experienced players McCarthy could not disguise the fact that he had essentially written off the Manchester United game to inevitable defeat – Wolves lost 3-0 – and the club was fined a suspended £25,000 to prevent any similar stunts later in the season. They did beat Burnley the following weekend, however, so McCarthy got what he wanted, even if the 70,000 crowd inside Old Trafford were short-changed if they were expecting any sort of entertainment.

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