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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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