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Super subs: Seven sensational strikers that score off the bench

| 09.02.2015

Manchester United have struggled this term for many of their matches, but can be thankful to Marouane Fellaini for rescuing them on on a couple occasions from off the bench. The big Belgian has been an unlikely hero this season for the Red Devils, getting two goals as a substitute in a target man role, against West Bromwich Albion and QPR.

That got Coral’s expert football writers thinking, and we have come other with a list of seven star strikers that have thrived as super subs as well.

Jermaine Defoe
Current Sunderland and former Tottenham, West Ham United and Portsmouth striker Defoe is up in 12th-equal position in the all-time Premier League goal charts with 126, but 20 of those were from the bench. That puts him top of the list of scoring substitutes in the modern era.

Defoe is also renowned for making a late impact for England, including bagging a brace in 2009 against the Netherlands in a to help the Three Lions draw, after being 2-0 down in the first half. He is 9/2 to net last against QPR in the Black Cats’ next top-flight fixture.

Javier Hernandez
In the last five seasons, Man Utd-owned ‘Chicharito’ has an incredible 16 goals form off the bench, including the most recent two for on-loan side Real Madrid in an 8-2 victory.

The Mexico poacher’s impact as a substitute has perhaps hindered his chances of starting more often.

Nwankwo Kanu
Arsenal cult hero Kanu spent five years at the club, making 197 appearances for them, but nearly half of those games were as a sub as he was behind legendary duo Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp in the pecking order.

The Nigerian did, though, manage to get 17 Premier League goals in total off the bench for the likes of West Brom and Portsmouth too.

Henrik Larsson
Sweden icon Larsson was a prolific scorer as a starter for Scottish giants Celtic, but was more renowned as an impact player for Barcelona and then Man Utd on loan, not only for his goals but also setting up teammates.

Larsson’s sole Premier League strike was from off the bench against Watford. He also had a goal in the FA Cup, and you can back his former team to win that competition this season at 5/2.

Andre Schurrle
It is hard to think why Jose Mourinho wanted to get rid of Germany World Cup winner Schurrle, as the forward he has gained some crucial goals for both club and country from off the bench.

He has second half strikes against the likes of PSG and Manchester City for the Blues, and Brazil and Algeria for his nation at the last World Cup.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Solskjaer is known as the king of all super subs, and his nickname of the ‘baby-faced assassin’ sums him up as a player completely.

The former Man Utd and Norway frontman smashed in a total of 29 goals from off the bench for the Red Devils, including once getting four in 10 minutes against Nottingham Forest to hammer them 8-1 away. Solskjaer’s most famous strike, though, came in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, when he poked in from a corner to dramatically win the game in injury time.

David Trezeguet
Argentina-raised former France forward Trezeguet is best known for prolific spell at 28/1 Champions League chances Juventus, many times coming on as a super sub.

However, his most famous and crucial goal game for Les Bleus at the 2000 European Championship final against Italy to help them win the title.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.