Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi has been named the player to have made the most appearances in the English Premier League as a substitute while his younger brother, Sammy is credited with the fastest goal by a substitute according to new statistics released on the official website for the EPL (premierleague.com) on Thursday.
Ameobi who has since exited the English top flight is said to have made 138 appearances from the bench for Newcastle United before finally quitting the team for life elsewhere.
According to the ordering, Jermain Defoe (127) and Carlton Cole (121) are second and third respectively. Interestingly another Nigerian, Kanu Nwankwo is also featured in the list in fourth position having enjoyed 118 appearances as a substitute from the bench.
Sammy the younger of the Ameobi brothers also has his name etched in the sands of history as he is being credited with the fastest goal by a substitute.
Sammy found the back of the net just after eight seconds when he was introduced into the Newcastle United Vs Tottenham Hotspurs EPL clash on October 26, 2014.
Coming second behind Sammy is Antoine Siberski who took just 15 seconds before scoring in the game between Derby County and Wigan as far back as January 12, 2008.
In some other interesting statistic reeled out, Defoe is the most prolific substitute in the history of the EPL, with 22 goals from the bench to his name, five more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer struck for Man Utd and Nigeria’s Kanu Nwankwo did for Arsenal.
Also a Nigerian, Sam Sodje, was named the eighth fastest player to be red-carded in an EPL match. Sodje was sent off after 8mins 52secs in the match involving Manchester United and Reading in October 27 2007.
On the part of coaches, Alex Ferguson emerged as the manager who has made the most substitutions in the Barclays Premier League.
The Scot was at Manchester United from the outset of the competition in 1992/93, when the rule of three substitutes was introduced for the first time, until his retirement in 2013. Over the course of 21 seasons and 810 league fixtures in charge he made 1,777 substitutions, at a rate of 2.19 per match.