Former English International Alan Shearer criticized the way of proceeding when the defense Sheffield
Baldock, injured his head in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the Leeds
, and called for the introduction of temporary surrogates when there is a concussion.
Baldock crashed into Leeds forward Tyler Roberts shortly after half an hour and came off the worst, hitting the back of his head on the grass. After receiving treatment for several minutes, he was deemed fit to continue and played for an additional 11 minutes before being replaced by Ethan Ampadu.
The Premier League agreed in January to test permanent surrogates for concussion. According to league protocol, the team doctor will have all the time necessary to carry out an assessment of the player. If the player shows clear symptoms, he will be substituted and will be prevented from returning to the field of play.
Moment of the clash between Tyler Roberts and George Baldock
Former Newcastle United striker Shearer said the current system puts too much pressure on doctors to make quick decisions and that temporary substitutions should be allowed while head injuries are being assessed. “This must change,” Shearer told Amazon Prime. “I think it is unfair to the medical staff. He (Baldock) must be allowed to leave, be evaluated for however long, and then, if he (Baldock) is allowed, he comes back. Doctors are being drawn into life-changing situations. “
“It was a risk to allow him to return to the field in the conditions in which he was. That was the ideal scenario in which a temporary replacement would work ”.
Blades defender Jayden Bogle also suffered a head injury during the game and was immediately substituted. Acting Chief Paul Heckingbottom said necessary protocols had been followed.