Substitutes cannot be understated in this game. At all. They may well be the single most important ace up the sleeve of any manager, and over the years the Premier League has seen some amazing off-the-bench heroes.
Whilst scoring goals and making a killer impact was the goal for these lot, their hunger and overall contributions cannot be understated. In the record books, they will live for a certain period of time, but in the hearts of fans they will live forever. Fact.
Jermain Defoe – 23 goals
Get this guy in the England set-up immediately. Image Source: Twitter
Nwankwo Kanu – 17 goals
From a top class striker to a thoroughly unconvential one, Nwankwo Kanu never really got the praise you'd expect. In an era where Arsenal was littered with sensational forwards, Kanu was forever in the background occasionally popping up with a vital goal here or there. Image Source: Twitter
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 17 goals
"AND SOLSKJAER HAS WON IT!" Sure that was in the Champions League, but still. Image Source: Twitter
Javier Hernandez – 14 goals
Javier Hernandez can be pretty proud of his United career. Despite never really being considered the main man, the little Mexican did a real job at Old Trafford. Image Source: Twitter
Andy Cole – 13 goals
Forever undervalued in the golden age of English strikers. Image Source: Twitter
Tore Andre Flo – 13 goals
What is it with Norwegians and coming off the bench? The lanky, unorthodox Tore Andre Flo is never given the full praise that is warranted for what he did throughout his career. Image Source: Twitter
Robbie Keane – 13 goals
What a sensational human. Robbie Keane captured the hearts of many throughout the course of his long career, succeeding pretty much everywhere he went - forgetting Liverpool, of course. Image Source: Twitter
Victor Anichebe – 13 goals
No. Seriously. Image Source: Twitter
Daniel Sturridge – 13 goals
A £20million bargain to be had for someone in the summer. Image Source: Twitter
Many games were won and lost with these guys leading the charge, and it’s that game-changing ability and level of unpredictability that makes them such legends in the Premier League. Some will remember them fondly, and others will be overjoyed to see the back of them.