Ever experienced one of those rusty old performances which needs sparking into life? The crowd are getting on the starting eleven’s back, vociferously chanting for a change from their management team. Well thankfully in football, the substitutes’ bench symbolises a shot at redemption not only for a manager to change his system or dabble with personnel but for the players themselves in trying to force themselves into first team contention via a 30, 20 or 15 minute spell whereby they hope to prove the manager wrong and show him exactly what quality attributes they possess.
Unfortunately for some players, they reside on the bench far often than not, and almost are resigned to their ‘impact sub’ tag. For others, they may be young, or on the contrary an elderly squad statesman, employed in the squad simply for the effect or incentive they can give a team in a specific situation. Perhaps the most recognised ‘impact sub’ and celebrated ‘super sub’ in Premier League years was Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who was often used from the bench by Sir Alex Ferguson. Employing strikers such as Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole and Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Solskjaer found it hard to displace these talents from the starting line-up but managed to strike 91 goals in an 11 year spell all the same.
Let us fast forward to present day and countdown the 15 ‘impact sub’s’ of the 2011/12 Premier League campaign.
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