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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League's top goal scoring subs: Defoe, Solskjaer, Crouch and more

Peter Crouch wrote himself into the record books with his 143rd Premier League appearance as a substitute when he came on in Stoke's 2-2 draw against Brighton on Monday night. But how does the striker match up in terms of goals?

Here are the top goal scoring subs in Premier League history.

Jermain Defoe - 23 (West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Sunderland)

Jermain Defoe was unable to find the back of the net against Leicester.
Jermain Defoe has netted 159 goals in the league.

Defoe is a Premier League veteran of 478 games, and a deadly finisher, so it's no surprise that he is atop the list by a substantial margin. Now at Bournemouth, he has yet to add to his tally off the bench.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer- 17 (Manchester United)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finished with 94 goals in the league.

He did it all for one club and Solskjaer has the reputation of being the best ever 'super sub' -- mainly because of the injury-time goal that won Man United the 1999 Champions League final to seal the Treble.

Nwankwo Kanu - 17 (Arsenal, West Brom, Portsmouth)

Nwankwo Kanu bagged a total of 54 goals in the league.

With Thierry Henry, Ian Wright and Dennis Bergkamp around, Kanu made a lot of appearances off the bench and was a force too. Though he's not remembered in the same breath as Solksjaer

Peter Crouch - 15 (Aston Villa, Southampton, Liverpool, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Stoke)

Peter Crouch has netted 106 goals in the league.

Crouch has played for the most clubs on this list but the 36-year-old is still a force. He has the record for most appearances but a few more goals off the bench at Stoke this season would move him up.

Daniel Sturridge - 15 (Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool)

Daniel Sturridge has 74 goals in the league.

Having played for three of the top clubs in the Premier League, Sturridge's injury issues have left him on the bench a lot. But he has an excellent record of scoring when he comes on.

Olivier Giroud - 14 (Arsenal)

Olivier Giroud
Olivier Giroud's 70 goals come from 174 games.

Giroud was signed as Arsenal's No. 1 striker but his impact has waned in recent seasons and he's been left to occupy the 'super-sub' role -- something he has done to great effect.

Javier Hernandez - 14 (Manchester United, West Ham)

Javier Hernandez has 41 goals in the Premier League.

Chicharito left United because of a lack of first-team chances and came back to be West Ham's leading man, but he's still showing a knack for making a difference when he comes on.

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