The super sub is just one of a number of illustriously, decorated clichés football has derived over the years. A role that no footballer wants to play, an unwanted tag that will cling on and never let go. From David Fairclough to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer to Edin Dzeko, it’s a role that has never fallen out of fashion as the beautiful game continues to rapidly evolve before our very eyes. The Capital One Cup has its fair share of heroes who’ve risen from the bench to rescue their side from the edge of oblivion.
For all it looks like a simplistic task, coming into the heat of a game from the calm surroundings of the sideline is much more difficult than most will presume. It’s a duty that bears significant amount of trust from a manager and supporters. Someone, who is counted on to make a difference and etch his name into the history books. An opportunity to take on the identity of a hero and be forever remembered for that singular moment of valour. It brings forth a lump in the throat just thinking about it.
This year’s Capital One Cup has been no different with players grasping their chance from the bench to make history for their club and send the fans into raptures.