Who holds the Premier League record for scoring most goals as a substitute?

Defoe in action during a Pre-Season friendly
Defoe in action during a Pre-Season friendly
Modified 01 Jan 2019

The English player Jermain Defoe holds the Premier League record for the most number of goals as a substitute (as of September 2018).

The Beckton-born player, who is currently a part of AFC Bournemouth, has scored 24 goals in the Premier League after coming on as a substitute. The Frenchman Olivier Giroud comes in second on the list -- having scored 19 Premier League goals.

Nwankwo Kanu and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer come behind Defoe and Giroud with 17 goals each. Solskjaer has scored 17 goals from 84 substitute appearances at Manchester United. Solskjaer has scored four goals as a substitute in a game against Nottingham Forest, which is a Premier League record.

Englishman and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is also tied with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Kanu with 17 goals coming off the bench. With 16 goals each, Chicharito and Crouch come behind Struddige and Solskjaer. Former Manchester United striker Chicharito has made a name for himself as a super-sub during his United days. He has scored 16 goals from the bench.

The Cherries are currently at 12th place in the Premier League table with 26 points from 20 matches. The centre-forward Defoe has not had a chance to make much of an impact this season as he has got very little playing time. Defoe was only used as a substitute in four of the 20 games.

There are a few other Premier League records the veteran striker holds as well. The first is for the most number of goals in a game. He has scored five goals in Tottenham Hotspur's 9-1 win over Wigan Athletic in a Premier League fixture. In the same game, Defoe also created the Premier League record for scoring the most goals in one half.Β 

The Forward is seventh on the list of all-time highest goal-scorers in the Premier League. He has scored 162 goals from 496 Premier League appearances so far.

Defoe was a crucial part of England once and scored 20 goals in 57 appearances for The Three Lions. Toronto FC, which plays in the Major League Soccer, is the only club Defoe has ever played for outside England.

Published 01 Jan 2019
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