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The 7 Players Who Have Scored the Most Substitute Goals in Premier League History

Check out the top seven goalscorers here…

7. Olivier Giroud

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 14

Giroud has become accustomed to playing the role of the impact player, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger continuing to omit him from the starting XI on a regular basis.

However, that has not stopped the French international from scoring and he has 14 Premier League goals from games in which he started on the bench.

6. Javier Hernandez

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 14

West Ham United fans will actually be hoping that the Mexican livewire striker does not add to his tally of 14 substitute goals, with the 29-year-old expected to lead the line for the Hammers from the opening minute, as opposed to his regular role as a game-changer whilst at Man United.

5. Peter Crouch

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 14 

The former England regular’s winner at the Bet365 Stadium puts him level with Hernandez and Giroud on 14 substitute goals in the top flight.

The majority of those have come from his time with the Potters, with whom he has evolved into an alternative option when Mark Hughes’ side are struggling to get a goal.

4. Daniel Sturridge

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 15

Daniel Sturridge’s consistent injury problems have made him an almost permanent fixture on the Liverpool bench over the past few years.

The former Manchester City and Chelsea striker just can’t seem to stay fit, but when he does take the field he often finds the back of the net due to his clinical prowess.

3. Nwankwo Kanu

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 17

A Premier League legend, Nwankwo Kanu spent over a decade in the top flight, featuring for Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth.

The Nigerian striker was a success story at all three clubs, but was not necessarily an automatic starter, which explains his high place on this list.

2. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 17

Most would have expected the ‘Baby-faced Assassin” to be the highest scoring substitute in Premier League history but the Norwegian is actually five goals off the top dog.

Solskjaer spent more than 10 years at Old Trafford and quickly became a terrace favourite due to his goalscoring exploits at crucial moments.

1. Jermain Defoe

Number of Premier League goals as a substitute: 23

The undisputed king of substitute goals, Jermain Defoe sits way above most of his competitors in this department.

Having been a regular starter for former side Sunderland and now for current club Bournemouth, Defoe’s substitute goals came largely from two separate spells with Spurs, where he often battled with Robbie Keane for a starting spot.

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